June 19th, 2012
11:52 AM ET
2 years ago

Boehner says Obama' s immigration policy ‘puts everyone in a difficult position’

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday that President Obama's new policy temporarily preventing deportation of certain young, illegal immigrants announced last week "puts everyone in a difficult position."

"I think we all have concerns for those who are caught in this trap through no fault of their own and are here," Boehner said in his first public reaction to the policy announced Friday.

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The Obama administration's directive will specifically allow people younger than 30 who came to the United States before age 16, pose no criminal or security threat and were successful students or served in the military to apply for a two-year deferral from deportation.

Top GOP leaders were caught off guard by the announcement, and stayed quiet on the issue. Republican aides acknowledge immigration is a divisive issue within their party and those GOP members in competitive districts need to appeal to Hispanic voters to win re-election this fall.

But many conservative House Republicans immediately blasted the decision last week, and Iowa Republican Rep Steve King announced he planned to sue the Obama Administration.

A Bloomberg poll released on Tuesday shows that 64% of voters support the policy, with independent voters backing the change by a 2-1 margin.

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Boehner blamed the President for not working with Congress, saying he didn't consult with the GOP before making his announcement. "The President's actions make it much more difficult for us to work on a bipartisan way to get to a permanent solution."

Noting that the President himself said previously that he couldn't act on the matter, Boehner told reporters Tuesday, "the question remains, did he violate the Constitution?"

Boehner repeated his criticism that the President doesn’t want to talk about the economy "so he's turned to the politics of envy and division, which I don’t think the American people are going to accept."

Even though Boehner recently admitted it would be “difficult at best” to pass any immigration legislation in this Congress, he said there need to be reforms.

"We've got to do a comprehensive immigration reform plan that secures our borders, enforced our laws and fixes the problems for these 12 million illegals that are here in our country," Boehner said.

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Filed under: 2012 • Immigration • John Boehner • President Obama
soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. Donkey Party

    The GOP isn't interested in bipartisanship, what a blatant LIE! So tired of the do-nothing GOP domestic terrorists, and wish the worst upon them all.

    June 19, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. ThinkAgain

    Wah, wah, wah! Boehner and the Repubs are just ticked off that their Latino star-boy, Rubio, was tasked to come up with something on immigration – and FAILED MISERABLY.

    And, no, President Obama didn't "violate the Constitution." It's well within his rights to create an Executive Order.

    June 19, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. Al-NY,NY

    Boehner blamed the President for not working with Congress, saying he didn't consult with the GOP before making his announcement. "The President's actions make it much more difficult for us to work on a bipartisan way to get to a permanent solution."
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    sorry Tan-man but you and your group would NOT have worked with Obama in any way on this. You had you own plan (Rubio) in the works and Obama beat you to the punch. You're just sore because he did it and is getting positive feedback. Try again

    June 19, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. California Gary

    Oh yeah.......the GOP is really concerned about the people caught in this trap through no fault of their own. That's why they have failed to support the Dream Act.......which would be the permanent solution that they are saying they need to see. President Obama caught them with their pants down on this issue, and it is entertaining watching them scramble around looking for a way out. They resemble the Keystone Kops.

    June 19, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If John would work with democrats and pass the senate's bipartisan transportation bill, unemployment will drop 1%.

    June 19, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

    Hey, Boehner, what about these FACTS about Republicans and the economy (per Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman):

    If Repub governors hadn't deliberately laid-off 600,000 public sector employees, the national unemployment rate would be around 7%.

    These workers still in the economy – the teachers, firefighters, police and other public sector employees – would be spending their wages, which results in demand, which translates into private sector economic growth.

    While our economy would still be somewhat sluggish, we'd be in better shape than we are now.

    So why are the Repubs laying off public sector employees and doing everything they can to slow down the economy? They want to make President Obama look bad – and if that means harming our country and her people in the process, no worries!

    Think about it, folks, look at what the Repubs are willing to do to us when they are not the majority party. Imagine what they'd do to us if there were. (Hint: GW Bush policies on steroids, making the economic meltdown of 2008 look like the good old days.)

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    June 19, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  7. Myviewis

    This new rule also extends to Haitians, Russians, Koreans, Japanese, Spaniards, Germans, Italians, Chinese, Arabs, etc....not just Latino. The rule applies up to the age of 30, why not up to the age of 15? The rule does not specify what action will be taken against the parents of kids under 18 living in our country illegally. Work permits will be issued, do unemployment laws apply as the job market is very bad? Why not pass this Rule 3 years ago? Is it to win votes?Yes.
    Could Obama win on his job performance?No.

    June 19, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  8. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    NOBODY want to talk about it BUT Romney father was born in Mexico. If anyone should be on top of this is Romney. Now how Romney father got to run for president that another story, because you have to be born in the US to become president, so back in the day they didn't care. Romney is a Mexican/American born in the AMERICA. Go President Obama

    June 19, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Mr. Boehner is correct. For the most part it puts the Republicans in a very difficult place as they've spent two years passing anti-abortion and anti-birth control legislation (110 in all), and none on say, immigration or jobs. So, it isn't quite fair to say theyve been caught doing nothing, they've been caught doing nothing USEFUL.

    June 19, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  10. Core republican Values

    "Everyone (in bad position)?" Seriously? What about the kids? Don't they matter? Typical GOP thinking.

    June 19, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. John 3:16

    Mr. Romney and Mr. Boehner, Please explain why that decision makes it harder to deal with this issue. Because you might have to take a stand and actually do something about it?

    June 19, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Maybe Obama is not going be held hostage by the republicans wanting to make him a one term president. If you wait for the GOP to act, women would still not have the right to vote.

    June 19, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  13. Blindersoff

    Move forward with out them, They want to see you fail, even if they take America down to do it. You gave them plenty of chances to ride along with you and they hid the keys to the bus. Now it's ride or die. Who's coming? Count me in Mr. President, Let's go and if any republicans want to come, come on, if not, we are running you over. Romney is road kill.

    June 19, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  14. NFL1

    What?? Obama did try to work with Congress, it's called the DREAM Act. Just because your party doesn't like it, and wouldn't consider it...that's NOT going around Congress. I seem to remember the UN post being simply appointed by President Bush...and many other items like Patriot Act and others that were not completely working with Congress. OH but then the Democrats in his Congress understood the meaning of compromise for the apparent good of the country (which turned out to be false – the war with IRAQ was NOT for the good of the country, only a rouse by Bush to not deal with Bin Laden).

    June 19, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Romney would have self deported his own father.

    June 19, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  16. Bill

    What he is really saying is that the GOP has completely blown it on this issue and Obama is 30 points ahead with the latino vote. This clown should smell what he is shoveling.

    June 19, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  17. Joe M

    jhon BARRY outsmarted you

    June 19, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. Babyboomer

    There is now a 3 year history of Republicans NOT working with this President, in fact blocking any legislation of any real value this entire time. President Obama knows he can't get anything done going to the House and even the Senate. (Still don't understand how 41% in the Senate can dictate what gets done.) He has every right to use his executive order powers and this was a great decision. Boehner and the rest need to get over it.

    June 19, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. Four and The Door

    ThinkAgain
    If Repub governors hadn't deliberately laid-off 600,000 public sector employees, the national unemployment rate would be around 7%.
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    ...and if Republican Governors can find another 600,000 public employees who are in disposable jobs they need to lay them off, too! Why do you not understand that a high cost government is smothering our economy? The true value in our economy is where private American businesses are delivering high quality useful products at a competitive price and making a profit doing that. Yes we need a government to run the country, but we do not need or want a more expensive government than our economy can afford. We have currently just for the federal government spent $16 trillion more than our economy could afford. I say keep looking for the next 600,000 government employees that can be laid off.

    June 19, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  20. monk

    The only one put in a hard place over this is Romney who is on the record promoting the absurd self-deportation policy of his own making. He cannot do a turnaround on this one. Political move by Obama, maybe. But the republicans know they never would have allowed this to come to pass under Obama's leadership. Ultimately, the Republicans are the ones playing politics and are acting like babies because they lost on this one.

    June 19, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  21. Woman In California

    I won't lie and say I'm in full agreement with this policy, but I am ENJOYING the misery dealt to the republicans. For three years now, they've done everything imaginable to keep the American people oppressed just to get back the White House and if nothing else good comes of this, at least they are being paid back for all the money I lost during the debt ceiling showdown and all the disrespectful things they've done to our president, and for that, I say BRAVO Mr. President!

    June 19, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  22. Jules

    Mr. Boehner and the GOP members of Congress have put everyone in a difficult position, especially those looking for work by refusing to pass the Jobs Act and other legislation that would help the economy to grow. When they start putting the American people before their party they wouldn't have so much to whine about. If the GOP refuses to pass legislation that will put Americans back to work it is only because defeating this president is more important to them than the working men and women of this country. Party Over People is the GOP way these days. Stop your whining Boehner and do something!!

    June 19, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  23. joe

    Boehner blamed the President for not working with Congress, saying he didn't consult with the GOP before making his announcement. "The President's actions make it much more difficult for us to work on a bipartisan way to get to a permanent solution." ******************** When has the president came with an idea that Republicans liked? When????????

    June 19, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  24. Joi Gibson

    It's more like the Congress won't work with the President. It's more like the Congress won't work at all. How is it they get paid and get wonderful health insurance coverage and pensions and yet they work less than probably anybody else in the country. Re-elect President Obama and elect people to Congress who know the value of compromise and working together. Otherwise, absolutely nothing will be accomplished and we the people will suffer even more.

    OBAMA/BIDEN/FIRST LADY MICHELLE 2012!!!!

    June 19, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  25. Mm

    Translation: The GOP doesn't have anything, so it's rehashed criticism and obstruction as their only strategy.

    June 19, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
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