Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has fired back at President Barack Obama’s plans for executive action on illegal immigration, writing in a Politico op-ed that the president would be “acting as a monarch” if he goes through with it.

In the op-ed, titled Obama Is Not a Monarch, Cruz wrote:

When the President usurps the legislative power and defies the limits of his authority, it becomes all the more imperative for Congress to act. And Congress should use those powers given to it by the Constitution to counter a lawless executive branch—or it will lose its authority.

If the President announces executive amnesty, the new Senate Majority Leader who takes over in January should announce that the 114th Congress will not confirm a single nominee—executive or judicial—outside of vital national security positions, so long as the illegal amnesty persists.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was asked about Cruz’s commentary today at a news conference.

Earnest said that the lesson Obama drew from the last election is that people are interested in their representatives making progress on behalf of the American people.

“It doesn’t mean folding on principle, but it does mean trying to find common ground and putting the interests of the nation ahead of partisan political ambition or political interests,” he said.

Watch the clip from the news conference above.

Tonight, Cruz will appear exclusively on “The Kelly File” to discuss Obama’s plans for executive action on immigration. Don’t miss the interview tonight at 9p ET on Fox News.