June 19th, 2012
11:52 AM ET
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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. Jules

    To Four and the Door – guess you want to be like Europe is now, laying off people when the economy is bad when what the economy really needs is those people being laid off to stay at work and having income and money in their pocket to spend to stimulate the economy. The overwhelming majority of economists do not agree with you or the GOP. They say their plans would really harm the economy of this country, but of course, the far right thinks they know more than people who have studied the economy and its ups and downs for years and years. Foolish, foolish, foolisn.

    June 19, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. Myviewis

    Joe M

    jhon BARRY outsmarted you
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    I completely agree with you, Obama outsmarted Romney, I doubt Romney saw this trick coming.

    June 19, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  3. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/ConservaFASCISTS

    "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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    I recall Sen. Kyl holding the Dream Act hostage during a lame duck session just so republicans can keep their tax cuts for the rich in place. These republicans are flat out liars.

    June 19, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  4. The GOP should pack up and leave

    Romney ought to be thrilled about getting a 2 year deferment under the order. He hasn't produced his birth certificate which must mean he's an illegal alien. At least he won't be forced back to Mexico for two years if he can get a work or a school visa. You'd think Boehner would like that.

    June 19, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  5. Obama - Protecting the rights of ILLEGAL ALIENS to invade our country while SUING states to make sure they can vote as well

    Nothing but election year politics and the usual divisive politics from Obama, topped of with complete and total disregard for the laws of this nation and the Constitution. He did the very same thing with gay marriage and his refusal to enforce the laws of this country, DOMA. The lawlessness of Obama and his willingness to pit every segment in our country against one another must END in November. Obama is a very dangerous person to ALL of our rights, liberties and to this country.

    June 19, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  6. Dave

    Why on earth would Obama want to work with a bunch of dim-witted Republicans who do nothing but criticize and offer no ideas of their own? Boehner must be drunk...

    June 19, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    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.
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    Obama's "Jobs Act"... the 2009 stimulus warmed over. No thanks. It will take us ( or our kids ) another decade to pay off the first one. And there are 750,000 fewer American working now than when the Democrats passed it in 2009.

    June 19, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    @ Four and the Door...

    funny how when we had Republicans as POTUS they had little problem adding public sector jobs. Even BOTH Bushes did that so read up on it. Just another thing to add that the GOP was for BEFORE Obama was for it as well. Kind of like "cap and trade", "public mandate", now this law he passed that Rubio wanted I'm sure the GOP would have fallen all over for. Maybe Obama should embrace the Ryan Budget too so the GOP can flip/flop on that also.

    June 19, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    "Boehner says Obama' s immigration policy ‘puts everyone in a difficult position’"
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    Only if you are a Republican and wish to disagree with everything Pres. Obama might say or do.

    June 19, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Polls can be designed to say anything the people paying for the poll wants. The reason the (Dream) Act didn't get any traction is because the huge majority of the people reject anything that looks, sounds, is Amnsety. And just so you know plenty of Democrats also reject anything that smells of Amnsety in desguise. Some people, mostly illegals hope the wind will change and they will get Amnsety. For the present, dream on.

    June 19, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  11. Silence DoGood

    Both the Repubs and Dems are obstructionist by policy. This deadlock stuff is both their faults. Do you really think if Romney is elected, the Dems will be all friendly and work with him and say what a great guy he is and compromise? I think not.

    And Obama making a worthless promise to reach across the aisle and change the way DC works back in 2008, when he knew "how it works" was deceptive at best. And he knew he was already part of the way it works a long time ago and has no interest in changing the Status Quo.

    vote Third Party

    June 19, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote:

    ...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. .....
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    That is complete nonsense. American business are "delivering high quality useful products at a competitive price" right now, and have been for years. The biggest problem with our economy are the 8 million manufacturing jobs that we exported during the Bush-43 administration. Those jobs ain't coming back.

    June 19, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  13. Blindersoff

    As I sing aloud , , , God Bless America, the red, white and blue. God Bess America and Mr. President too!

    June 19, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. Curt

    Typical John Boehner and republicans. Lets do all we can to make sure we have a do-nothing congress and then complain when the President takes action on his own. They say they have been working on fixing immigration for years. My question, then why have you not accomplished anything? I hope when it comes time to elect people to the congress the American people are smart enough to vote in people that will actually get some work done.

    June 19, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  15. mcskadittle

    why would a democratic president have to consult the gop on anything?

    June 19, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  16. Moby49

    Sorry but it is the obstructionist policies of the GOP that have put us in a difficult position. It is very clear that winning the White House is much more important than helping the country move forward and the middle class recover. You hear it clearly from the monied Kochs, Adelson, Friesse, etc. Anyone that thinks things will improve for the middle class when the oligarchs elect their guy has to be crazy, deluded or both.

    June 19, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. thats funny right there

    as they said in the beginning of his term we"gop"will do everything in our power to see him fail.

    June 19, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    So, Mr. Boehner if Obama's position puts "everyone" in a difficult position what are you going to do about it because that "everyone" you refer to are better known as Latinos and they are celebrating.

    June 19, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  19. Maxx

    Boehner blamed the President for not working with Congress, saying he didn't consult with the GOP before making his announcement.

    Says the man who de-railed the Dream Act. No credibility here orange man.

    June 19, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. Keith A. Sillsbury

    Boehner blamed the President for not working with Congress, saying he didn't consult with the GOP before making his announcement. EXCUSE ME? Legislation was put out infront of you LAST YEAR! YOU voted AGAINST it, or are you too feeble to remember what bills lay infront of you. We the people have said before and say again, " No plan is not a plan". if you don't have a plan to fix the problem, you don't get to knock down someone elses. It doesn't matter if you don't like it or don't agree with it. If you don't come up with a plan that counters someone elses plan you HAVE TO go with theirs. Like it or not. so glad all you obstructionists will be voted out this fall. BYE BYE.

    June 19, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  21. ohreally

    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.--------------------------–Please stop it. that is just utter BS. Austerity during a recession will cause it to get worse. The GOP knows this and that is why we hear about deficits from the right. They want the economy to slow or stop, because that's the only way they can win the WH. You will notice under Bush they never mentioned the deficit and I promise if Romney wins you won't hear a word from them then either. Stop repeating the party line and use your head.

    June 19, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  22. john from atlanta

    "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 in here in our country 'i believe president Obama is doing that, far better than his predecessors,only if the do nothing congress will do their own part and stop obstructing him in all moves he make,and start working for the people that elect them to the office and not the koch brothers.PEOPLE YOU ALL NEED TO WAKE UP,YOUR VOTE IS THE ONLY POWER YOU GOT,MAKE IT COUNT AND WORK FOR YOU.

    June 19, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  23. Tom

    "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..," – Politicians have been saying that for decades and Congress hasn't done jack squat! Kudos to Obama for at least doing something - the right thing - in the face of decades of congressional inaction.

    June 19, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. demwit

    Everyone but Obama.., of course.

    June 19, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  25. Myviewis

    How can we believe Democrats that this immigration rule is the right decision when these same Democrats only a few days ago were saying that everything is okay with Russia, Romney was wrong about Russia and today we are hearing that our relationship with Russia is icy and Russia is aligned with Iran and Syria????? And Vladimir Putin is not exactly embracing the US. I think this shows that Democrats are going the wrong way.

    June 19, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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