It's tricky for the President to tip his hand too much on what he would do if Congress failed to pass an immigration reform bill. Would he use his administrative powers to grant some kind of status to the millions of people who would otherwise have benefited from a legalization program? Perhaps TPS for all Mexicans based on the drug violence in that country? Or a DACA-style solution that allows work and travel and nothing more?

President Obama was asked about this during an interview with Univision:
OBAMA: "Probably not. I think that it is very important for us to recognize that the way to solve this problem has to be legislative. I can do some things and have done some things that make a difference in the lives of people by determining how our enforcement should focus. Right now we're focused much more on criminals. We're focused much more on those who have endangered people or communities. And we've been able to provide help through deferred action for young people and students — the DREAMers who I've had a chance to meet with. And they're just incredible young people and great assets to the United States. But this is a problem that needs to be fixed legislatively. So I'm not going to speculate on the House bill failing. I'm going to make sure that I do everything I can to help it succeed."

This is not exactly shutting the door on a Plan B option. In fact, the language is more flexible than he was just a couple of years ago regarding suggestions for a DACA-style solution. And an NPR story from earlier today suggests that legal experts are telling the President he's got the power to do something like this if he so chooses.

Perhaps those opposing an immigration reform bill should pay heed. Killing the bill doesn't necessarily mean you can completely tie the President's hands. He still has a lot of power.