President Obama announced Monday he intends to bypass Congress to reform the US immigration system.

The president says he will instruct the Department of Homeland Security and Attorney General Eric Holder to appropriate more resources from the interior to the border. He will also ask his cabinet to propose other actions he can take by the end of the summer.

The announcement comes as the nation's focus is set on the U.S.-Mexico border where, since October, an estimated 52,000 unaccompanied minors have entered the country illegally.

The president said Monday he prefers a legislative solution to immigration but was informed by Speaker of the House John Boehner the House would not vote on an overhaul this year.