Top House Republican calls Senate immigration bill a 'pipe dream'
A U.S. Border Patrol agent stands near a crossing into Mexico at the San Ysidro port of entry in San Diego.
June 27th, 2013
01:08 PM ET
1 year ago

Top House Republican calls Senate immigration bill a 'pipe dream'

Washington (CNN) - While the Senate is poised to pass sweeping immigration reform Thursday afternoon, top Republicans in the House are calling the Senate bill a nonstarter.

House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday reiterated his position that the House would not vote on the Senate immigration bill.

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  1. Fair is Fair

    "By the way, doing nothing means "defacto amnesty", seems to me, at least, getting folks to pay taxes would be a step in the right direction, but then I am just a mindless "Obamabot"."
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    Put yourself in the shoes of an illegal alien. Your choices are (A) get to the end of the line, pay fines, pay back taxes, and learn English, with citizenship coming in 13 years, or (B) do nothing, pay no fines, pay no taxes, and continue living in the shadows.

    Realistically, you gotta believe most are going to choose option B.

    June 27, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. Fair is Fair

    The Real Tom Paine

    -RandyIA

    I think it was last week when the House passed the late term abortion bill, which the left said there was now way of passing in the Senate. The people on the left said the House was wasting their time. Since the senate is now working on a bill that has no change of passing in the House, why is the sentiment on the left not the same?
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    Because the survival of our party is not at stake, yours is.
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    Well there you go. Why not just call it blackmail then?

    June 27, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Yes, the USA has it's own culture, it own heritage. It is not one of hispanic origin. Will Mexico allow 30 million Americans to flood into their country to buy up all their property and claim the country for the USA? Of course not. Why do we allow it to happen to us?
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    Hate to break the news to you, but this isn't YOUR country!!! It belongs to the Cherokee, Sioux, Huron, Apache and the many other tribes of North America before it was stolen from them.

    June 27, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  4. Bill from GA

    just sayin
    " we have lawless leftist governments at various levels that refuse to enforce the laws of this country. "

    The illegal immigration issues have been here during republican and democratic administrations. Reagan himself pushed for amnesty, and got it.

    In 1998, when the INS tried to raid the onion fields of South Georgia, the growers got their REPUBLICAN Representatives (one was Saxby Chambliss) to block the enforcement efforts.

    You can blame the left if you want to; nobody expects the righties to bother with facts.

    June 27, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. Guy

    This issue will be forgotten because of the riots that will ensue following George Zimmerman being exonerated next month.

    June 27, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    Put yourself in the shoes of an illegal alien. Your choices are (A) get to the end of the line, pay fines, pay back taxes, and learn English, with citizenship coming in 13 years, or (B) do nothing, pay no fines, pay no taxes, and continue living in the shadows.

    Realistically, you gotta believe most are going to choose option B.
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    Exactly. And by not passing immigration reform that defines option A, then option B is the only option.

    June 27, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "Realistically, you gotta believe most are going to choose option B."

    Except they are screaming and hollering for the opportunity to do A.

    Your ASSUMPTION is grossly flawed.

    June 27, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. just sayin

    The Real Tom Paine
    -just sayin
    we don't have a broken immigration system. we have lawless leftist governments at various levels that refuse to enforce the laws of this country. the leftists started years ago with their sanctuary cities. the leftist feds let them get away with it. lefitsts give illegals valid licenses then government benefits. then refuse to deport illegals they do catch. they refuse to defend our country from these illegal invasion.

    how will any of this change with new laws? it won't. lawless leftists will continue to disregard laws they don't like and everybody her eillegally will get amnesty. the country's southern border will be stormed by millions more unbtil this country exists no more. that is the leftists end goal.
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    On the other hand, we have states and counties that usurp rights they have no business being anywhere near, but that's patriotism to you, I'm sure.
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    so then you agree with everything i wrote since you did not offer one counter argument to it. thanks.

    June 27, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. just askin

    Fair is Fair
    "By the way, doing nothing means "defacto amnesty", seems to me, at least, getting folks to pay taxes would be a step in the right direction, but then I am just a mindless "Obamabot"."
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    Put yourself in the shoes of an illegal alien. Your choices are (A) get to the end of the line, pay fines, pay back taxes, and learn English, with citizenship coming in 13 years, or (B) do nothing, pay no fines, pay no taxes, and continue living in the shadows.
    Realistically, you gotta believe most are going to choose option B.
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    of course they will choose option b. especially when they are not deported even if they are caught. simply released. that is why this is all such a sham being perpetrated on the american people by the leftist democrats.

    June 27, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    Let's hope that is indeed the case.

    June 27, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  11. Hammerer

    Listen to the libs scream!
    Boehner is using their rule book. That is the Reid rule – ignore bills that you don't like.

    June 27, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  12. rs

    Hammerer

    Listen to the libs scream!
    Boehner is using their rule book. That is the Reid rule – ignore bills that you don't like.
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    yeah, but it is the survival of the GOP this will impact, not the Democrats.

    June 27, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. Skrid

    So are your chances of being re-elected, flat head.

    June 27, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Hammerer

    Listen to the libs scream!
    Boehner is using their rule book. That is the Reid rule – ignore bills that you don't like.
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    The Senate bills have consistently been at an ideological middle ground, only past the filibusters.
    The House bills have consistently been hard line, ideological dogma. No compromise, none whatsoever.

    June 27, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  15. just askin

    Sniffit
    "Realistically, you gotta believe most are going to choose option B."
    Except they are screaming and hollering for the opportunity to do A.
    Your ASSUMPTION is grossly flawed.
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    yeah right. because they know all of the requirements will be waived and they will end up citizens without doing any of it. just like last time they got amnesty, the border was supposed to be secured. this is all a total sham, juts like last time.

    June 27, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  16. Gurgyl

    GOP is doomed. Alas!! What a bunch of idiots these GOP cult members are!!! God save this nation from these rethuglicans idiots.

    June 27, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    just askin' wrote:

    yeah right. because they know all of the requirements will be waived and they will end up citizens without doing any of it. just like last time they got amnesty, the border was supposed to be secured. this is all a total sham, juts like last time.
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    If you're referring to the bill signed by Reagan in the 1980s, then that was a compromise worked out with Tip O'Neil. Democrats wanted less defense spending and no more tax cuts, while Reagan and the Republicans wanted amnesty, which the Democrats opposed. Republicans fought for that amnesty bill, Congress passed it, and Reagan signed it.

    June 27, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
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