The remarks came as Mr. Obama spoke before an enthusiastic audience in Austin, Texas.
Meanwhile, House Speaker John Boehner emphatically blamed President Obama for the surge of young, unaccompanied Central American immigrants arriving at the U.S. border.
Speaking to reporters, Boehner said he expects the house to approve some form of emergency legislation this month to help deal with the crisis, but added that President Obama won't get a "blank check" on his $3.7 billion request.
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