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When will Boehner turn to immigration?
The Hill ^ | 05/12/14 | Russell Berman

Posted on 05/12/2014 1:38:54 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has a pretty good idea of what immigration reform in the House is going to look like. He just doesn’t know when it’s going to happen.

Addressing the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Monday in San Antonio, Boehner said he wanted to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws “in chunks” over a period of a week or two to a month. The process would likely begin with border security measures, and it would address the crucial question of citizenship for illegal immigrants in a way that he said would “pass the straight-face test” for people who have already gone through the arduous process legally.

But none of that will happen, Boehner reiterated, until President Obama builds back trust with Republicans in Congress.

And in that respect, little has changed in the months since the Speaker released a set of policy principles to his conference only to have his members resist his push to move forward with actual immigration legislation.

“We’re at a point where my colleagues don’t trust that the president will implement the law the way we would see it passed,” Boehner said Monday. “So I’ve put the ball back in the president’s court. He’s going to do something to demonstrate some level of trustworthiness.”

He suggested Obama had missed an opportunity to do that when he did not respond to a letter from Republican leaders outlining areas where they wanted to work together – a set of ideas that included worker training and education but not immigration.

Boehner has tried to avoid weighing in on the thorniest policy questions within immigration reform, but he said Monday he would look to the reaction of naturalized U.S. citizens to judge whether Congress had gotten it right.

“They are the people I will look to, because whatever it is we agree on, that’s the straight-faced test,” he said. “How do the people who did this the hard way, how do they feel about this process?”

The GOP principles call for a path to legal status, but not guaranteed citizenship, for illegal immigrants.

Boehner said that after years of bipartisan talks on immigration, the parties were “getting closer on the policy side” on immigration.

Supporters of reform see a window after the GOP’s 2014 primary season is over and before the August recess for House action, but Boehner gave no indication of a similar timetable.

The Speaker was adamant, however, that 2016 politics would not play a role in his decisions on immigration.

“This is not about politics. It is not about elections,” he said. “It is about doing the right thing for he American people. It’s about doing the right thing for the country. Period.”

The politics, Boehner said, was a consideration “way off in the backroom somewhere with our crazy uncle.” “That is not going to drive me to do the right or the wrong thing,” he said. “It has no impact.”


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: aliens; amnesty; chamberofamnesty; chamberofcommerce; massamnesty
The day after the midterm elections.
1 posted on 05/12/2014 1:38:54 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

So Boehner’s crucial decision that he faces is WHEN he should BETRAY the American people? How did he become this corrupt?


2 posted on 05/12/2014 1:44:31 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Neah.
Right after the Primaries are done.


3 posted on 05/12/2014 1:57:08 PM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Did he not see what happened to his right hand man in Va. this weekend? Is he really that stupid?
4 posted on 05/12/2014 2:15:53 PM PDT by cashless (Obama told us he would side with Muslims if the political winds shifted in an ugly direction. Ready?)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I’ll bet that orange back stabbing lush has already negotiated a sell out in some smokey back room with a well stocked bar, he just can’t go public with it until the primaries are over. Hope the democrat opposing him in Ohio 6th unseats this pathetic looser.


5 posted on 05/12/2014 2:15:56 PM PDT by RS_Rider (I hate Illinois Nazis)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Raul Labrador the idiot seems to think Obama can enforce the law for a few months and then he has his trust.

The thing is Obama is not even willing to enforce the law for a few months.

Im interested to know how Idaho’s 1st district feels about increasing immigration and foreign workers. How does Iowa’s 4th district feel about increasing immigration and foreign workers?

Steve King has no primary challenger and is the safest incumbent in Iowa

http://www.bleedingheartland.com/diary/6912/iasen-one-of-these-forecasts-is-not-like-the-others

“Election Lab gives four-term Democratic incumbent Dave Loebsack a 90 percent chance of winning IA-02 and six-term Republican incumbent Steve King a 99.8 percent chance of winning IA-04. “


6 posted on 05/12/2014 2:41:00 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Yep. The lame ducks will have nothing to lose.


7 posted on 05/12/2014 2:44:35 PM PDT by Chuckster (The longer I live the less I care about what you think.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Boehner Is so disingenuous its sickening. He never does anything that’s good for the country or the people. But he sure is interested in keeping his corporate buddies happy.


8 posted on 05/12/2014 4:11:32 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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