by Warner Todd Huston 12 Dec 2014, 9:47 AM PDT

On Thursday, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R, OH) promised to challenge Obama's amnesty policies, but despite the political pressure, Obama plans to push forward with his legalization process, and the White House says it is set to begin taking applications as soon as the middle of February.

On December 11, Speaker Boehner promised a "direct challenge" to Obama's amnesty plans, but the budget bill he pushed through the House still paid for many of the president's amnesty policies. Not only does it fund some of Obama's amnesty plans, it even affords illegals Social Security benefits.

But much of these amnesty plans run contrary to the will of the American people. A recent poll showed that a majority of Americans disapprove of Obama's handling of immigration. Another poll found that a majority also disapprove of his executive amnesty.

Despite this massive opposition and despite his party's landslide losses in last month's elections, Obama plans to push on with his amnesty policies. On Thursday, NBC News noted that Obama is gearing up to begin taking applications from illegals for their new legal status. The applications could be accepted as early as the middle of February.

NBC reported that, "Immigrants should be able to start applying for deportation relief and work permits in the middle of May and February, Leon Rodriguez, Citizenship and Immigration Services director told Spanish-speaking reporters in a conference call."

On the same call, Cecilia Muñoz, Obama's chief domestic policy adviser, chimed in to assure reporters that the White House is moving ahead based on the assumption that the President's actions are "completely legal."

Officials did note, however, that no process or machinery to accept these applications is in place yet and warned illegals not to fall for scammers who might be claiming to be government agents working on amnesty.