by Charlie Spiering 24 Jul 2014, 9:47 AM PDT

House Speaker John Boehner accused President Obama of flip-flopping on the border crisis and of being AWOL on the issue.

Boehner explained that he continues to discuss the issue with House members, but that it wasn’t helping that the White House was sending uncertain messages on changing the 2008 law.

“The administration started earlier this month by signaling some openness to changes in the 2008 law to accelerate the process of returning these children to their home countries,” Boehner said. “Now the president and his team have apparently flip-flopped.”

President Obama has been gone for most of the week on a series of fundraisers on the West Coast.

“We’ve got a president that’s AWOL,” Boehner said, calling for Obama to get engaged with the discussions. “Maybe he ought to just reorganize his priorities.”

Boehner declined to say whether he would consider Sen. Ted Cruz’s proposal to stop Obama’s 2012 DACA executive order deferring prosecution for children of illegal immigrants.

“I’m focused on the recommendations of our border control working group, and we’re operating within those guidelines,” he said shortly.