Boehner Makes Pessimistic Statement Regarding Immigration Reform
Yesterday, Speaker of the House John Boehner made a statement regarding the desire to push immigration reform through this year. Boehner stated the following:
“You all know, that for the last 15 months, I’ve talked about the need to get immigration reform done. It’s an important issue in our country that’s been kicked around forever and needs to be dealt with (…) Having said that, we outlined our principles last week to our members–principles that our members, by and large, support (…) But I’ve never underestimated the difficulty in moving forward this year.”
He then went on to state that:
“The American people, including many of my members, don’t trust that the reform that we’re talking about will be implemented as intended to be.”
The White House responded to this statement via Press Secretary Jay Carney, who indicated that the administration remains optimistic that an immigration overhaul will become law this year. Secretary Carney also pointed to the beefed up border patrols and deportation numbers as proof of the administration’s commitment to enforcement/implementation of the law.
This development illustrates some of the disparity of opinion on the immigration debate. One certainty remains: the Senate bill will not be acted on in the House. Beyond that, the possibilities remain open, but it appears that the election year may have a cooling effect. Stay tuned.
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