During her Tuesday press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders put the onus on Congress to reform the United States's immigration system.
“The president is calling on the men and women in Congress to fulfill their duty to the American people by truly reforming our immigration system,” Sanders told reporters.
Her comments came just after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the administration would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and give Congress six months to develop a legislative plan for addressing the problems posed by the program's absence.
When asked what would happen if Congress didn't pass a reform package, Sanders emphasized that the White House trusted lawmakers to address the issue in time.
“We have confidence that Congress is going to step up and do their job. This is something that needs to be fixed legislatively,” Sanders said.
Fox News Chief White House Correspondent John Roberts asked Sanders what gave her that confidence given that Republicans didn't see an “easy” passage coming for reform. Sanders shot back that Congress should do its job regardless of how difficult it is.
“With all due respect, I don't think the American people elected Congress to do things that were easy. They elected them to make a government that works, to work properly, and to work for American people. And that's their job. And if they can't do it, then they need to get out of the way and let somebody else who can take on a heavy lift and get things accomplished.”
Watch Sanders's comments below, via CNN.