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."
We don't need new reforms, we need to enforce the laws on the books now. Plain and simple and not political at all.
You are a moron.
which is why we have 15-20 million illegal aliens in this country. we catch them and let them go. we have borders they can simply walk over. you are the moron. and a lying moron to boot.
I am from IL. – Obama accomplished nothing in this miserable bankrupt state when he was in office just as he has accomplished nothing as the President of the US. The president in supposed to polarize the country – not create deeper fractions (which is clearly evident in these comments). One positive is if this country sucks enough all of the illegal aliens will return to their country of origin!
@Crashman – Boenher is supposed to represent CITIZENS, not illegal alien job burglars. Deport all illegals; fine and send to jail the employers who hire illegals.
And the Republicans continue to wonder why they keep losing key voting groups. Look in the mirror and you will see the enemy.....
@spikemanlou, sorry to burst your bubble but My relatives came here the right way. We have no idea if these people are molesters, murderers, have diseases........These people have been stealing from our gov, communities, the American Worker and Taxpayer. Why on earth should we reward these people????? There is no good reason Period. I am sorry I cannot support anybody or lawmaker that sides with Mexicans who come here only to take from us. And by the way MEXICANS are 90% of the illegals here and they are the ones that are causing all the problems
The gutless wonder of the house will send all repubs to their end. I will never vote for any repub again and it was only twice since 1968.
why any new immigration laws? nobody enforces the ones we have now. so if we get new laws, will the federal government agree to deport every single illegal alien it arrests or finds? will they allow states to arrets them and help? of course not!!! we are all being conned again by the democrats people!! obamacare was a giant con and this immgration 'reform' is an even bigger con game.
Surprise Surprise, GOP = No Party = Obstructioist Party
Thank you, John Boehner. You just helped the Dems win the next election. Go have another cigarette and lay in your tanning booth and consider it a job well done.
Awesome so if we make these the 11 million immigrates into citizens like Obama wanted...than they all will have to pay the $95 IRS fine for not having Obamacare, right???? and then $695 the following year....perfect way to increase tax revenue!
Boenher is supposed to represent CITIZENS, not illegal alien job burglars.
more "do nothing" from the most "do nothing" Congress led by the most inept speaker in our history....no surprise
This is completely ridiculous. How does this clown sleeps at night it is a mystery to me. I can't wait until these right wing white extremists die off and the political control will be solely decided by a latino vote and it sure as hell won't go to these teabagging lunetics.
Here is a real comprehensive immigration reform plan:
Deport all illegal aliens (‘immigrants’ for you PC folks).
I hate to admit this but its a good thing we are not rewarding the illegal Mexicans when we have many immigrants that are coming the right way. This is not fair to those that have waited years and jumped through the hoops we require. Illegals need to go back to their countrys and re apply or dont come at all. Some posters on here may be a little harsh but they are correct in protecting America from illegals.
Big suprise – the answer is no again from the GOP – Matter of fact I doubt that next year will ever include the word yes, or even, we will give it a try.
Wish I only had to work only 15 more days before the end of the year I guarantee I have done better at my job then they have and I am certain most of us deserve those days off more than they do.
Hey, they don't have time to consider this bill, they are too busy passing tax breaks for the rich and taking relief from the poor.
Sorry Jose your time has come to an end here scamming the American People. Time for Jose and Pablo and Jesus to go home and ask their government for free hand outs.
I'm sorry but this country wants to help everyone with 1 group paying for it. If you are a citizen you are expected to pay for insurance, housing and food for people that jump the fence. Years ago they claimed American workers won't pick tomatoes and that's why we need immigrants. The problem with unemployment is illegal immigrants, 6 month work visas that do nothing but ship money out of the country. I was born here and worked and payed taxes all my life and don't want my social security or Medicare taken away because we have to feed these people. The government wants to feed and give them all the help they want print the money or let congress work for free. I don't need anyone taking away what I struggled to buy my whole life.
Republicans in Congress: all racist, bigot, hate-monger neo-confederates – ALL. This is not even debatable - it's FACT! If anyone is wondering where the old "Dixiecrats" went – well, now you know, except this time, their ranks include the Klan and NRA, two hate-groups that are from the same vermin-infused bolt of cloth.
GOOD ! No Amnesty ever for ANY criminal.
What a shame. The People's House has become the place where the minority subverts the majority. John Boehner will have the legacy of being the person who held back the progress that could have been made during Obama's presidency... all because he won't allow elected representatives vote on bills that most of them would agree to. What a shame. I guess our society will keep exploiting millions of human beings for cheap labor who have no legal standing to seek recourse, and all while driving the down the wages other Americans can earn for manual occupations. Lose-lose, it's the Boehner Way.
If the GOP decides it is time to come out and say openly/honestly: blacks and latinos have been making a mess of things and we need to start doing things like cracking down on welfare abuse, adding severe penalties for having children out of wedlock and start imposing increased sales taxes on goods while reducing income taxes- that may be a nice beacon of re-prioritization.
Isn't drunky John due for another cry?
It makes me sick to see traitors on here defending illegal Mexicans who come here only for one reason, and that is to steal from the American Worker and Taxpayer. Many towns and schools are bankrupt or going that way, social services, welfare, foodstamps, emergency rooms, infrastructure are all going bankrupt because of illegal Mexicans. Many schools have to spend money they dont have on special spanish only classes because illegals kids refuse to learn english,when the money could be used to improve our schools to better our kids lives. Our wages have been lowered,jobs stolen,and not just low wage jobs. Then to add more insult we have Illegal Mexicans at La Raza rallys waving and shaking their fists demanding rights while waving their mexican flags at us. These illegal Mexicans do not love America, they only want to steal from America......DEPORT DEPORT DEPORT