Boehner insists immigration reform 'absolutely not' dead
November 21st, 2013
02:02 PM ET
10 months ago

Boehner insists immigration reform 'absolutely not' dead

Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner insisted Thursday that immigration reform was "absolutely not" dead – just a little over a week after declaring he had "no intention" of negotiating with the Democratic led Senate over its comprehensive immigration proposal.

Boehner told reporters at his weekly press conference he was "encouraged" by President Barack Obama's comments earlier this week saying he was open to the House GOP's plans to address immigration reforms in a series of smaller bills.

The President, speaking to a group of CEOs on Tuesday, said of House Republicans, "They're suspicious of comprehensive bills, but if they want to chop that thing up into five pieces, as long as all five pieces get done, I don't care what it looks like as long as it's actually delivering on those core values that we talk about."

But Boehner declined to answer a question on when the House would vote on any of the piecemeal GOP immigration measures. A Boehner aide told CNN, "he didn't make any specific announcement on timing."

The House of Representatives is scheduled to be in session just eight more days before the end of the year, and aides from both parties do not expect the House to hold any votes until next year.

Even before the President stated he could accept moving reform in pieces, House Democratic leaders said as long as the Republican controlled House moved some type of immigration bill they believed larger negotiations could start. But Boehner's spokesman said the Speaker's opposition to discussing the Senate passed bill still stands.

That Senate measure, passed in June with some GOP support, includes an eventual pathway to citizenship for most of the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants.

A group of immigration reform supporters is staging a fast on the National Mall not far from the Capitol that has lasted over a week to urge Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform now. House Democratic leaders invited five of those protesting to address some of their members Thursday morning, before the House leaves for another extended recess for the Thanksgiving holiday.

"We believe our Republican colleagues should hear the message 'let's act now.' It is good for the economy," House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra said.


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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Really? Then show us you mean it and put the Senate bill up for a vote in the House. The majority of the House will vote for it. Let democracy rule.

    November 21, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  2. Karen

    Why would we be held hostage by illegal immigrants who are anti-government protestors?

    November 21, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    The reason Boehner's lying: Because this would have to go to conference and the Senate will insist on two things the GOP/Teatrolls cannot accept: the pathway to citizenship and removal of any schemes to allow just the southern border states to control when a pathway to "legality" (i.e., we'll let them stay, make them pay taxes but they can never vote) is allowed to start.

    November 21, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    This congress is not interested in any bill, Most economist wish this congress pass senate immigration bill

    November 21, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Blah Blah Blah Boehner. YOU LIE!!! Say goodbye to the latino for the foreseeable future. You know it's bad when the senator who wrote the bill won't even stand by it and defend it. Republicans are so screwed next November.

    November 21, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    Boehner is a fool. Immigration MUST die..........the dictator has to be stopped.

    The dictator has already seized control of Congress, and the judiciary. The House is all that is LEFT to seize control of.

    November 21, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. shorething

    Who cares, it still doesnt help anything in this country and will only cost more and more money as it has been doing currently

    November 21, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. Randy, San Francisco

    Probably won't happen this year because Speaker Boehner has to get the OK from Tea Partiers and conservative purists in his caucus before bringing up any comprehensive immigration reform bill. It probably won't happen until Tea Partiers and conservative purists representatives are voted out of offce in 2014.

    November 21, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Hey Bonehead! The guys who fund your campaigns(Big Business) want this bill passed. Oh, I forgot. You guys only answer to the Koch Brothers & Rush.

    November 21, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. Winston Smith

    It's amazing. When someone tells you you are wrong on an issue any issue and they do so repeatedly, it's a good bet you're wrong. But congress has a different view on this subject. They believe that everyday is opposite day, and what the people are telling them is what a good job they are doing. Add to this all of those low numbers from opinion polls, and you've got a group of dummies that believe they are doing everything right. What a crock. Please remember all of this when taking your selected mode of transportation to the polls at election time, and vote accordingly.

    November 21, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  11. just asking

    we don't need any massive left wing "reform" of immigration, especially as we are being destroyed by the last massive leftwing "reform" that destroyed our healthcare system. pass laws to totally secure the borders. pass laws to get the illegals in this country to register and get in line for deportation and the back of the legal immigration line. If they refuse, jail them then deport.

    enough game playing. we have good laws in place now, enforce them. what we lack is border security to stop this illegal invasion now and in the future. the fact is that the democrats simply refuse to enforce the borders or the laws and than attack states and localities that do enforce our laws.

    enough of the lawlessness an d the democrats that support and encourage it. vote them all out in 2014 and support your country, not the illegal invasion of it.

    November 21, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Boehner got it right the first time he said it. Republicans have "no intention" of passing immigration reform of any kind because they see it as a population increase in the liberal base. They're probalby right. But, who's fault is that? George W. Bush had Hispanics in his back hip pocket for his two elections. That was before the Republicans fell to the dark side.

    November 21, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. Tampa Tim

    Boehner will soon tire of the peaceful demonstrations in front of his house, asking for the vote on the senate bill. He is already backtracking, and all he has to do is bring it to a vote. Instead, he said there are just too many pages. Republican leadership is non existent.

    November 21, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. S.B. Stein

    The speaker should at least put forth some kind of time table as to when hearings are going to be held for the House immigration bill(s) that he is talking about. Is there any chance that he is going to talk as to which committees are going to have these hearings and what they plan on putting in their legislation?

    November 21, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "Who cares, it still doesnt help anything in this country and will only cost more and more money as it has been doing currently"

    The Senate bill would create 6 million jobs over the next decade.

    November 21, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    "Why would we be held hostage by illegal immigrants who are anti-government protesters?"
    ---
    We are being held hostage by anti-government protesters..........they are called tea partiers/libertatarians and
    weak kneed republicans.

    November 21, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. tom

    no amnesty for wetbacks impeach backstabbing obama

    November 21, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain: Hey, GOP, where's our $24 billion reimbursement check?

    I would think the GOP/tea bags would WANT people working here to pay taxes and participate in our representative government....

    November 21, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  19. Hu Pharted

    You should not reward someone who came to the country illegally with citizenship no matter how long the path.

    November 21, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain: Hey, GOP, where's our $24 billion reimbursement check?

    All this GOP obstruction is just a way for the GOP/tea bags to stall long enough to get voter suppression laws in place in as many states as possible. All in the name of "freedom," the end game for them is to take over the judiciary and government at all levels so they can eliminate fair wages and worker representation, eliminate social spending and public education, gut the American middle class and sell off our nation's natural resources and other assets to the highest bidder.

    The GOP/tea bag god is money – and if you think they are motivated by anything else, you are a fool.

    November 21, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  21. ThinkAgain: Hey, GOP, where's our $24 billion reimbursement check?

    Really rather sickening and pathetic how the GOP simultaneously pushes Rubio and Cruz out in front as an enticement for the Hispanic vote AND shut downs any possibility of real immigration reform.

    The word "token" comes to mind ...

    November 21, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain: Hey, GOP, where's our $24 billion reimbursement check?

    For a guy who spends way too much time in a tanning bed, Boehner really doesn't like brown people ...

    November 21, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain: Hey, GOP, where's our $24 billion reimbursement check?

    Not directly related to this article, but worth repeating. Check this out on the UnitedHealthCare website (FAQ page):

    Q. I'm young and healthy. Why do I need health insurance?
    A. Despite your age and health, you never know when a serious injury or illness will strike. You're not invincible. And if you don't have insurance, who'll pay your bills? Do you have the money to pay $1,500 to fix a broken leg or $3,000 to stay in the hospital? Insurance gives you the peace of mind that, yes, most of your medical bills will be covered in case something happens.

    If insurance companies are encouraging young, healthy people to get insurance, then why is the GOP/tea bag folks against this?

    Do the GOP/tea bag folks WANT young, healthy people to financially devastated by an unexpected illness or injury? Why are they encouraging people to act irresponsibly?

    *crickets*

    November 21, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Playing now you see it now you dont with posts today cnn?

    Anywhoo...
    Bonehead is lying. Not that it matters because he is the embodiment of an empty suit.
    He is awaiting instructions from the cray-cray minority/super majority in the House and praying that he can lie his way to his Thanksgiving vacation without too much hoopla.
    Gobble, gobble.

    November 21, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain: Hey, GOP, where's our $24 billion reimbursement check?

    @just saying: "enough game playing. we have good laws in place now, enforce them. what we lack is border security to stop this illegal invasion now and in the future. the fact is that the democrats simply refuse to enforce the borders or the laws and than attack states and localities that do enforce our laws."

    If we aren't enforcing existing laws, then how do you explain that (according to the Department of Homeland Security) in FY 2012, ICE removed 409,849 individuals (emphasizing the deportation of "criminal aliens to protect public safety, and 96% of these removals fell into one of ICE's enforcement priorities, A RECORD HIGH?

    November 21, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
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