Boehner rules out immigration reform this year
November 13th, 2013
01:40 PM ET
9 months ago

Boehner rules out immigration reform this year

Washington (CNN) - If there were any doubts that comprehensive immigration reform efforts were dead on Capitol Hill this year, House Speaker John Boehner eliminated them on Wednesday.

Boehner repeated his long standing opposition to the Senate-passed immigration bill and his pledge the House would never vote on it, but he went a step further, drawing a bright line: "I'll make clear we have no intention ever of going to conference on the Senate bill."

Last week the third ranking House Republican, GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-California, told immigration reform advocates that there wasn't enough time left this year for the House to take up immigration reform. The House is in session 15 days between now and the end of the year.

After Republicans lost the presidential election in 2012 and Hispanic voters voted overwhelmingly for President Obama, Boehner said it was time for Congress to pass major immigration reforms.

"I think a comprehensive approach is long overdue. And I’m confident that the president, myself, others can find the common ground to take care of this issue once and for all," Boehner said in an interview with ABC News the week after the election.

Facing sharp divisions inside his conference on the issue, Boehner insists he still wants action but says any legislation has to be done in pieces.

"I want us to deal with this issue but I want to deal with it in a common sense step by step way," he said Wednesday.

A series of targeted immigration bills have passed the House Judiciary Committee - mostly focused on border security and enforcement - but GOP leaders have not scheduled any floor votes on any of them.

A significant bloc of House conservatives is adamantly opposed to any measure that provides a path to citizenship or legal status for the 11 million undocumented workers in the United States. So far, none of the House GOP proposals addresses that issue, but opponents worry that any negotiation with the Senate would ratchet up pressure on House Republicans to deal with questions of citizenship.

Boehner's statement Wednesday declaring no talks with the Senate on its bill was designed to put those concerns to rest.

The Speaker brushed aside a question of whether House GOP leaders were avoiding the divisive debate on immigration reform to focus on problems with the implementation of Obamacare.

"This is about trying to do this in a way that the American people and our members can absorb," Boehner said, adding immigration reform is too complicated to rush.

"There are hundreds of issues involved in dealing with immigration reform, and we've got to deal with these in a common sense way where our members understand what we're doing and their constituents understand."


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soundoff (636 Responses)
  1. Rachel

    Too bad, so sad. Time for them to go back to Mexico.

    November 13, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  2. dennis

    It's amazing how stupid liberals are. Out of the 980k jobs we created this year, only about 80k were full time. We have over 90 million people in this country able to work, but cant find work. And you want to give 11 to 20 million illegal people legal status that allows them to legally work, get social services, etc. And the bill goes further to allow 20 to 40 million more LEGAL immigrants over the next 20 yrs. Yeah, sounds like a great plain.....if you want to make america a third world country maybe. We dont have enough jobs or resouces for our own citizens. It's really not a hard concept....if you want to become an american, do it the legal way, the same way our ancestors have for hundreds of years.

    November 13, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. JerseyJeff

    THIS ISSUE, more than any other, will destroy the Republican Party.

    Republicans that are pro-immigration reform in diverse and more enlightened States will be punished for this hard-line stance being put forward. It is a MASSIVE mistake for the Republican Party not to recognize who makes up America today and if the Party lets people like Boehner set the issue stance it will slowly bleed the Republican Party dry.

    November 13, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. BeverlyNC

    No vote on something the Republicans had agreed needed to be done – how typical of a Republican Party who does NOTHING for the People and works only to destroy what the nation needs most.
    Goodbye GOP. Thought you were going to be "Inclusive" and "reach out" beyond your only white old men base because it cost you huge in the last election.
    Guess you decided you want to keep losing elections for decades to come. Good riddance. We need real leaders with morals, humanity, and the knowledge of how governing is done. That is Democrats. We stand up for the poor, for healthcare for all, care of the elderly, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food for children, education to move our People forward to a more successful life of opportunity. We believe in the equality of all Americans and humanity for all.
    Good riddance Boehner and the GOP. We have had more than enough of your hate, lies, bigotry, and corporate welfare over the welfare of the nation.

    November 13, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. styx

    As we saw with the ACA, any law coming out right now is doomed to be confusing, expensive, and an utter failure anyways.

    I wish the people could vote to suspend the ability of the government to pass laws- we could just suspend that ability until about 2040 or so when hopefully they will have gotten their act together.

    November 13, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. fragglerock

    I'm getting tired of seeing this worthless meatbag hold the nation hostage on legislative issues. When can we vote him out?

    November 13, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. goppatriot

    Sorry we have too many Mexicans here already. Last thing we need is to reward the illegal Mexicans that have been lowering our wages, scamming our gov and social services, and bankrupting our schools and communities. Illegal Mexicans deserve only to have all their property auctioned off and deported. Illegal Mexicans should never be rewarded for their crimes against the American Worker and Taxpayer.

    November 13, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. blf83

    Then, Mr. Boehner, you need to resign and the business of the people proceed without you.

    November 13, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. mark stello

    Wow...again..we are not going to do anything...just fill in the blank. This guy has got to go!!

    November 13, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  10. Vincent

    "I think a comprehensive approach is long overdue. And I’m confident myself and the next white President can find the common ground to take care of this issue once and for all," Boehner said.

    November 13, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. Uncle Jerry

    Shocker. Who would have guessed a congress with a 9% approval rating wasn't going to anything? Oh, and to all of you hacks that are full of ingorant hate, you may think you don't want any immigrants here but I havea good feeling that if the all actaully did leave, your tune would change. If you think things are expensive now and our economy is stagnant, without out all of the cheap immigrant labor EVERYTHING you buy will skyrocket in price.

    November 13, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. Enough

    @Yogi...you're the delusional one along with Obama. We don't want to be a Nanny State. We can barely afford all the people on the dole now and you want to hand out more freebees!

    November 13, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  13. AmericanVoice

    I know Republican did a huge damage during the government shutdown but still my vote is for them becoz their principle matches with mine. There is absolutely no Amnesty to Illegal Aliens

    November 13, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. wth

    Can we please stop working against each other and start working with each to improve our nation? Less finger pointing, more compromise.

    November 13, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. AmericanVoice

    I know Republican did a huge dama*ge during the government shutdown but still my vote is for them becoz their principle matches with mine. There is absolutely no Amnesty to Ill*egal Aliens

    November 13, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. Yardley

    He's whipped

    November 13, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  17. mitchyj

    This guy is the most do-nothing GOP leader of all time. In the private sector, he'd be out on his ass is about 10 minutes.

    November 13, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  18. quacknduck

    “...we've got to deal with these in a common sense way where our members understand what we're doing ...”

    Unlikely to ever happen.

    November 13, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. tafugate

    yeah, i gotta agree with boehner. anything that doesn't include shipping all 13 million of them back from whence they came, i'm against. amnesty is out. citizenship is out. and definitely get rid of the anchor baby fiasco thing.

    November 13, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. GetAClue

    The Repubs know that once amnesty is given all the illegals will be able to sign up for Obamacare, which will be a burden we all will have to pay for. Do you really think granting a path to 11 Million undocumented aliens is good for the country? Be careful what you wish for.

    November 13, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  21. PJ

    He knows he could never pass a Bill. The GOP does not like Hispanics, especially Undocumented ones – no matter how long they have been here. We need a Democratic House to get this thru.

    November 13, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  22. goppatriot

    Illegal Mexicans do not deserve a dam thing. They want rights,then they need to get them from their Mexican Gov. I am tired of these Mexicans demanding rights here while they are shaking their fists waving the Mexican flags at their Mexican Parades.......Go back to Mexico...

    November 13, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. littletingod2013

    Great way to win the Latino vote for the GOP John!

    November 13, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  24. ERic

    I don't understand why so many liberals and Democrats want to REWARD ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. Will ANY liberal or Democrat here tell me why it is that you support the government punishing people who don't sign up for Obozocare, but you want to reward illegals who break our immigration laws? I am the son of LEGAL immigrants. Why do you liberals make it a racial issue? This has nothing to do with "diversity" or "demographic" changes. Do you compete with illegal aliens for jobs? Have you ever had illegal aliens move into your area?

    November 13, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  25. Selly

    Funny how immigration articles bring out the mouth-breathers of our society. They took errr jobs – go back to Mexico – 'merica!!!

    November 13, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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