Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday rebuked Iowa GOP colleague Rep Steve King for controversial comments on undocumented immigrants, calling the remarks "deeply offensive and wrong," and acknowledged the fallout makes it harder to reach a deal on immigration reform.
King, when discussing a proposal to give citizenship to the children of undocumented workers in an interview last week with Newsmax, suggested many of them were drug smugglers.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – As the outcry from Democrat and Republicans alike grows over Rep. Steve King's remarks regarding immigration and drugs, the GOP congressman defended his comments Wednesday.
The comments originally came during a controversial interview last week where he suggested the possibility of a pathway to citizenship for undocumented children who excel while receiving an American education was not worth also legalizing the immigration status of drug smugglers.
Washington (CNN) – Supporters of the Senate immigration bill's path to citizenship are blasting comments Iowa Rep. Steve King made last week where he said that for every young undocumented immigrant who is a school valedictorian, 100 more are "hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert."
King made the comments in an interview Thursday with conservative news organization Newsmax. They were in response to criticism from anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist, himself a supporter of the Senate immigration overhaul.
(CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner vowed Republicans would continue to keep trying to put the brakes on Obamacare, saying the president's sweeping health care reform is "not good for the country."
In a wide-ranging interview with CBS's "Face the Nation," Boehner also refused to say whether or not he would support immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship, and further weighed in on what he hopes to be his legacy.
Washington (CNN) - A majority of Americans support key components of the bipartisan immigration bill that passed the Senate and want to House to act, according to two new national polls.
Nearly six in ten questioned in a United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection survey released Thursday say they would like to see the House pass the Senate's legislation, or pass a version that includes tougher border control measures.
Washington (CNN) - After dodging the issue for months, House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday took a position on citizenship for undocumented immigrants, saying Congress must deal with the children of those who are in the United States illegally.
"This is about basic fairness. These children were brought here on no accord of their own. And frankly, they are in a very difficult position. And I think many of our members believe that this issue needs to be addressed," Boehner said at the weekly press conference with House GOP leaders.
Updated at 9:52 a.m. ET on 7/17
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Tuesday an immigration reform bill without a path to citizenship for those in the United States illegally "does not make sense."
"It does not make sense to me, if we're gonna make this once-in-a-generation effort to finally fix the system, to leave the status of 11 million people or so unresolved," Obama said in an interview with a Telemundo-owned TV station in Denver.
Updated at 11:56 a.m. ET at 7/16
(CNN) – While Sen. Marco Rubio's push for comprehensive immigration reform drew some derision from conservatives – particularly his support for a bill that contained a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants – the Florida Republican's fundraising spiked as the measure was debated in Washington.
In the second quarter of 2013, Rubio brought in $3 million - up 31% from his haul in the first three months of the year, according to a source familiar with his financial reports.
(CNN) – In the ongoing attempt to reform the nation's immigration system, more Americans find themselves agreeing with Democrats than Republicans, according to a poll released Monday.
The Gallup survey indicated 48% of adults said the Democratic view on immigration – which wasn't specified during questioning – most closely aligned with their own. Thirty-six percent said the Republican stance came closer to their view. Another 17% said they didn't have an opinion or that neither side shared their opinions.
(CNN) – Comprehensive immigration reform, approved last month by the Senate, still doesn’t have a clear path forward in the House of Representatives, lawmakers said Sunday.
Even the bill’s supporters, like Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, weren’t optimistic that the measure that passed with bipartisan support in the upper chamber would find a way forward.