McConnell predicts no immigration reform in 2014
February 4th, 2014
05:04 PM ET
7 months ago

McConnell predicts no immigration reform in 2014

(CNN) – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he can't see an agreement on immigration reform happening this year, citing an "irresolvable conflict" between the U.S. Senate and House.

McConnell indicated the Democratic-controlled Senate's insistence on comprehensive legislation is at impossible odds with the House Republican majority's preferred piecemeal approach to immigration reform.

"I think we have an irresolvable conflict here. The Senate insists on comprehensive. The House says it won't go to conference with the Senate on comprehensive and wants to look at step-by-step," he told reporters after a meeting with the Senate Republican conference.

"I don't see how you get to an outcome this year with the two bodies in such a place."

House Republicans laid out last week a blueprint of immigration "standards," saying there "will be no special path to citizenship" for the country's estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants. The GOP principles call instead for a path to legalization, and only after those already in the country illegally get in the back of the line and the federal government continues to bolster border security.

The Kentucky Republican did not take a position on the GOP outline.

The Senate passed a comprehensive bill that included a path to citizenship last year, but the House has not taken up the measure.

The White House has said it's open to the House approach but the President warned in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper against reform that creates "two classes of people" in the country.


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soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. bcrunner

    Surprise!! Surprise!! Did anyone see this coming?? Of course I am being sarcastic!!

    February 4, 2014 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  2. bluesdoc70

    How sad for democrats. If they don't stick a knife in the American worker's back their cheap labor, corporate paymasters will hold back their Amnesty Bonus.

    February 4, 2014 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  3. DENNA

    Just keep screwing around with immigration and watch YOURSELVES become more and more irrelevant. Most decent Americans think our immigration policy is disgraceful. Actually, LOL, it all of the GOP supporters and their extended families would go back to their country of origin, the rest of us could enjoy America and there would be plenty of room for the new, better education, more hardworking immigrants.

    February 4, 2014 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  4. Hector Slagg

    There is over a million becoming citizens now each year using the law now in place. For those that are here and Non Citizens return to your own country and put in your application. That is the only path to citizenship, period.

    February 4, 2014 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  5. axl rose

    U.S. combat discrimination and human rights around the world, but at home we want to create two kinds of citizens. sadly

    February 4, 2014 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  6. charlie avila

    We, the united states citizens want "no" immigration reform for illegal alliens. They came and entered illegally in the country, violating our immigration laws. We want them all deported and auto deported. They have children citizens, and use them to avoid deportation....

    February 4, 2014 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  7. Tree

    I hope this is his last term. He needs to hang up his hat.

    February 4, 2014 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  8. The Republican Party Is Dead To Me

    There will be no reform, no let up in partisan politics, and no let up for the American people. There will be political infighting and political dinners to attend. The sound of whining crying republicans, will never cease, and people like Mitch, will never know the meaning of hard work. You'll suffer, at their delight. You already have, you're just to mesmerized to know it.

    February 4, 2014 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  9. BILL

    He just nailed the last nail in his coffin.

    February 4, 2014 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  10. Bill

    I am shocked .He said that.

    February 4, 2014 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  11. GODZILLA1

    Mitch is only doing what the baggers order him to do.

    February 4, 2014 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  12. AfterObamaCareAndTheScandalsWeWillNeedMexicansToVoteDemocrat

    Now that the ACA has failed, the NSA is watching everyone, and the scandal count is high, we'll need to bring in some foreigners to vote Democratic. Maybe if we just let anyone in, they'll be grateful and vote with us liberals! This is genius!

    February 4, 2014 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  13. Galactus

    NO AMNESTY and No legalization of any illegal aliens living in the United States. We need our immigration laws enforced and all illegal aliens should be deported.

    February 4, 2014 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  14. Wilson

    You can't be an immigrant without a visa. So they are not "immigrants." Undocumented or otherwise. They are illegal aliens. They are not citizens of this country, i.e. aliens and they are here illegally as they did not follow the laws. So what else can you call them but illegal aliens.

    February 4, 2014 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  15. Obama is Better than Jesus

    Maybe they'll all vote for Barack's third term if we let them in and give them our tax dollars!

    February 4, 2014 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  16. Obama is Better than Jesus

    We should all double down on paying taxes to make this happen! We'll be buying new Democrats!

    February 4, 2014 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  17. Bagga

    Problem is that this law would encourage newly arrived ILLEGALS to lie about their stay in US. In addition, this will bar future ILLEGALS until the AMNESTED illegals can form the US govt that may take few years and is not fair to ILLEGALS who plan to arrive in US after the Barky's AMNESTY bill is passed.

    February 4, 2014 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  18. Obama is Better than Jesus

    "The Senate passed a comprehensive bill that included a path to citizenship last year, but the House has not taken up the measure." The key point of contention was the rider in the democratic bill that appointed Obama King , and mandated that all citizens were to pay one of every two dollars earned to George Soros.

    February 4, 2014 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  19. J.V.Hodgson

    Is it not crystal clear to the most naïve of people on immigration reform that Republicans are proposing
    1) Legislation that delays citizenship for more than 10 years.
    2) That also the Gerrymandering of districts in southern states aims at excluding immigrant votes via 1 above.
    3) The southern states will not go for the minimum wage or Medicaid.
    They will fail... Why? because they will cause a huge migration of illegals from Southern states to those with less restrictions on Voting status recognition, minimum wage etc etc.
    Regards,
    Hodgson

    February 5, 2014 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  20. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    HILARIOUS watching the Guns Over People tea potty wingnuts walk the plank toward November. They don't know what to do about ANYTHING . "Obamacare,Benghazi,Benghazi" like parrots.

    February 5, 2014 05:16 am at 5:16 am |
  21. Lizzie

    Sniffit, democrats immigration reform was tried and failed in 1986, but I guess you're to young to remember

    February 5, 2014 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
  22. Sarah/Dumfries,VA

    GOP being so evil & racist,their refusal to work with Obama & holding the country & the world hostage because of their racist ideas,GOD will remove all evil from the government,lets vote 2014

    February 5, 2014 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
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