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A White House spokesman said Tuesday that President Obama would agree to take back his controversial executive actions on immigration if Congress agreed to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

Spokesman Josh Earnest made that offer on the same day the administration said it would ask the U.S. Supreme Court to legitimize Obama's immigration actions after two federal courts said they can't be implemented until a lawsuit against them is completed.

"The president would happily rescind his executive orders so that the congressionally passed legislation would be the law of the land," Earnest said. "I think that highlights how unwise Republicans in Congress have been in trying to set a policy that ... would be good for the country, would be good for our economy and be good for our national security."

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