Boehner rules out immigration reform this year
November 13th, 2013
01:40 PM ET
1 year 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. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    2014 comes quickly for the Guns Over People tea potty wingnuts. Their Wall Street masters are giving money to moderates and democrats and freezing them totally out. Virginia and Alabama election results nationwide.

    November 13, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  2. gop usa

    Load all the illegal Mexicans in the back of cattle trucks and dump them off at the border. They need to stay in their country and work to make it a better place instead of stealing from the USA. Illegal Mexicans do not deserve anything but a ticket back to the country they love so much...........Mexico.

    November 13, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  3. Karen Shellenberger

    When are you going to do what the people want- guns, health care, discrimination. immigration. Boo on you!

    November 13, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  4. Vitaenverbo

    Mr. Boehner and his Tea Party need to go ASAP, before our country goes into a depression. Why? The minority (the majority of the majority) is not speaking for most Americans (73% – 84%) on this issue and other issues. The way they are running our country makes me feel like I am a foreigner.

    November 13, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  5. VTGUY

    Immigration reform needs to start with Obambam and the Dems enforcing the current laws we have, catch them and deport them, if they cross the border, shoot them.

    November 13, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. Carrie

    I am sure that the Democrats want to pass another law regarding immigration that they have not read or even looked at!

    November 13, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. LiberaLIowan

    Why would the republicans start doing anything now?

    November 13, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. D W Berry

    Boehner and all of Congress should watch the episode of INSIDE MAN/CNN featuring the illegal immigrant family picking oranges in Florida. That pretty much sums it up. We are holding back these people to use as slave labor. These folks are paying taxes but receive no workers comp, no SDI, no benefits, SLAVE labor. The man in this piece had open heart surgery and was back picking oranges in 6 weeks. Did you see that ladder he has to tote from tree to tree? The host had trouble carrying it and he's 20 some years younger. It's ludicrous and breaks my heart. America is no longer America. It's a corporate welfare country in it for itself and it most likely owns all the politicians so they don't pass humane immigration reforms. Watch INSIDE MAN/CNN or look at U-tube of this particular featured story.

    November 13, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. Kathy

    WOOHOO!! The majority of Latino voters will continue to vote for Dems in the future.

    November 13, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  10. SanDiegoWatch

    I'll switch from Independent to GOP if they keep illegal aliens out of the U.S......no exceptions.

    November 13, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. Ship em back

    Anyone who votes to help the illegals are traitors. Deport the illegals nothing else please.

    November 13, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  12. Chuk

    Of course not. When there's juicy issues for Republicans like the ACA for which they can shed their crocodile tears.
    Every Republican will now tells us "I told you so" when part of the reason for the troubles with ACA is their own obstructionisms. In fact, the ACA will work and Republicans will eat crow. They're losers.

    November 13, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  13. SkepticalVoter

    Well, if that's the case, how about enforcing the laws already on the books!!?? Oh and when you DO finally get around to immigration reform REMOVE THE "ANCHOR BABY" CLAUSE.

    November 13, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. John Farrell

    Hmm, I'm amazed at those against Boehner's decision? Roughly 65% are against such policy.....so lets implement it anyway? We see how well that is working out within ACA. Plus, been there down that in the 80's and look – back in the same mess......so there must be a separate solution. It makes no sense to reward illegals..I mean – we are a nation of laws last I looked?
    Per Beverly NC " 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".....
    Opportunity or government dependence? We are creating a Government Plantation.......and to boot All programs going bankrupt or mismanaged by the fine stewards in Washington....But hey it's not their money – right....so it's Ok.

    November 13, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  15. Name

    Will the illegals have to put in on Obamacare

    November 13, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  16. GodofHellfire

    Here's an idea, let's deputize the EBT holders to corral and deport the illegals. End of two problems. Then shoot the drug pushers.

    November 13, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  17. ErnieS

    No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. Do they ever say Yes to anything?

    November 13, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  18. Vader

    Ah, once again, our good friends the Republic-nuts have reverted true to form... No to immigration. Just in time for additional punishment at the polls in 2014.

    November 13, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  19. J-Man

    I agree that this should be dealt with in pieces. Secure the border before you do anything else. Next, deport the 11 million (which I have read is closer to 20 million) illegals in this countries. Make it so that you don't automatically become a citizen just because you are born here. You need to be born from a citizen or go through the normal steps. Just because you illegally crossed the border and had a child should not make that child a taxpayer burden and should not stop your deportation. The US is a nation of laws. A fact that many Democrats don't understand.

    November 13, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  20. jimatmad

    So long, Republicans.

    I can't say it's been fun.

    November 13, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  21. jamessavik

    We don't need a bad immigration bill. We need only look at Europe and see the consequences of a bad immigration policy.

    November 13, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Thank you once again republicans for giving the Democratic Party a FREE GIFT of more votes in the next election. How's that "no" policy workin for ya? LMAO

    November 13, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain: Hey, GOP, where's our $24 billion reimbursement check?

    Only in America do voters (GOP tea bags) elect to government people who profess to hate government and want to get rid of it.

    Would anyone go to a doctor who tell you his/her goal is to kill their patients? Would anyone hire a plumber who is hellbent on destroying your pipes? Would anyone hire an arsonist to house-sit while you're on vacation?

    It's just sick ... and the GOP tea bag voters are even sicker ...

    November 13, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  24. tkid

    Mr. Boehner should let the bill be rushed through like Obama Care was. Anyone can see how well that is working out.

    November 13, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  25. Tom

    The post here stating that the Dem's want all the illegals to get citizenship is completely wrong, stop watching fox un news. What the Dem bills state is that they must jump through many, many hoops pay back taxes pay a penalty and wait over 5 years then and only then do they get ANYTHING stop watching fox un news and look at the proposals for yourselves

    November 13, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
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