Boehner rules out immigration reform this year
November 13th, 2013
01:40 PM ET
9 years 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. John

    to complicated to Rush?..............since we haven't done anything in decades, are you saying that decades are not enough time to deal with it?..................It is not about a is about an anti-Latino bias in the Republican party.....

    November 13, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  2. Iffi King

    I am 30 work days remaining this year, HTF you have 15 remaining??

    November 13, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  3. mark r

    We need to get rid of these people the majority of them are useless I am not a racist and yes there are some decent folks rapped up in that category...but for the most part they breed more garbage into our society than they carry out...look at the jails and gangs its not the blacks anymore.....its the latino's

    November 13, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. Informed

    Why would any sane person vote Republican? The only answer is that those who continue to do so are unbelievably gullible, terminally idiotic, or guanopsychotic (each has a hero – Limbaugh, Palin, Bachmann).

    November 13, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  5. Jim

    Boehner and his tea party conservatives will change there tune a bit when they get killed in the next election.

    November 13, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. George

    R. Stewart, you are an idiot. The libs have been in power for 5 years now and look at what has happened. Dig your self out of your hole and smell some fresh air.

    November 13, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. AlbaMN

    So the Tea Party still has a firm grip on his manhood and is calling the shots in the House. A sad day for America.

    November 13, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  8. concerned conservative

    We need to have a bill that deports legal Latinos that help the illegals. The illegal get help and directions on how to find jobs here,how to scam our gov. and how to get free stuff. The Latinos that help them should have their citizenship taken away for being traitors......and anyone who helps them betray the American people.

    November 13, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. svscnn

    Boehner's piecemeal approach doesn't make sense for an issue of this magnitude. You have to consider the big picture in order to develop a comprehensive immigration plan. Otherwise, the pieces won't fit together later.

    November 13, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  10. Anthony Deisla

    Liberals love to whine about how the "1%" is destroying America, but they are willing to give them millions of cheap labor immigrants to exploit, further bringing down wages. Liberals are capable of thinking critically.

    November 13, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. JLXvsElvis

    Boehner needs to go, period. Damn republicans! I can't wait till they're all on the unemployment line looking for that million-a-year consulting job. November 2014!

    November 13, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. Treebeard


    Great, now how about we enforce our laws, keep illegal aliens from crossing our borders, and send those packing who are not here legally.

    We have been.
    Try to keep up.

    November 13, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  13. Rosa

    That is great! The GOP continues on its path to oblivion.

    November 13, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  14. Kregg

    sorry, but I remember beohner saying "I guarantee youll never ever EVER see 0bamacare in!"

    November 13, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  15. John

    This man must have burned up his little hallow aluminum foil testicles while he was tanning. He can't stand up to the crazies in his Party, and doesn't have the guts to stand up to the Senate Democrats in Conference. So just say no and make the crazies cheer you, while the country waits and waits and waits.

    November 13, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  16. Boomer

    I would say, after the disaster of Obamacare, which was rolled out in basically one giant "package", it would be a much smarter approach to deal with immigration in pieces. In hind site, had healthcare been done in small definitive steps, we wouldn't be in the mess we are in right now. Boehner is absolutely correct on his approach to the issue. You may not like his stance on policy, but the approach itself seems the best direction.

    November 13, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. Treebeard


    there is no reason to pass immigration reform as long as the liar in chief is in office. In fact he needs to be nurtured. He has lied to us countless times. He makes promises and breaks them. You liberals will find the bulk of the american people are through with him and his lies. Go bark up someone else s tree because this isn't going any further than your whining.

    Nurtured ?

    November 13, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  18. gop usa

    Boo Hooo for the illegal Mexican Takers........Time for Americans to celebrate that this traitor bill will go nowhere. I look forward to the gop making new tougher laws to help speed up the process deporting all of the illegal Mexicans. No one gives a damm about what the illegals think or care about, the American People want our laws to be about the American people,not Mexicans........

    November 13, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  19. Really

    Boehner and all his cronnies should just pack up, go home, and never come back. They are not doing anything worthwhile in Washington anyway. They are totally useless! What a shame to have such incompetent people representing our country. I wish there was a way to impreach members of Congress when they cant do the job they were paid to do.

    November 13, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  20. Spikemanlou

    To Concerned Conservative
    Are you an American Indian or are your ancestors American Indian's, if not then you sir or ma'am are also an illegal immigrant. Also, if your head wasn't so buried up the Tea Bagger and Noplubicans butt, then you would realize that not all illegal immigrants are of Mexican descent, for example, wasn't the older brother of the Boston Bombers here illegally. Your statement just goes to show your stupidity and the stupidity of the conservative bunch you hang out with.

    November 13, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  21. John Rosen

    Harry Reid has shelved many, many bills arriving from the House and refused to permit a vote. Boehner shelves one bill and the libs are shouting racist, communist, and many more negative names. What the libs really need to do is take up a collection or sell raffle tickets to raise enough money among themselves and their hollywood cronies to pay for all the wasteful programs that they enacted.

    November 13, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  22. goppatriot

    I wonder how well Americans would do if we demanded rights in Mexico???? Get rid of the illegal Mexicans and anyone who supports them, Americans who hire them or help them are traitors..........

    November 13, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  23. John

    I'd rather talk about Benghazi than immigration.....why? Even though Bush presided through 13 US embassy attacks killing 77 US, I find it rather interesting that Obama has only presided over one attack, but since the media has made a big deal of it, we need to politicize it to our advantage..........I'd also rather talk about Obamacare.....even though the website is getting faster and 1.5 million have either signed up, were added to Medicaid or have completed the application.....that is still NOT FAST ENOUGH, why? because my conservative tea party friends have told me that it is not FAST ENOUGH, and I know who keeps me in power...............and that is why immigration will not see the light of day!

    November 13, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  24. Smellferd

    I have many friends who came here legally. The process took a lot of time money and frustration. Deportation is the only fair remedy for those who snuck here illegally.

    November 13, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  25. kay

    They're working 15 days until year end. A lot of Americans don't have that option.

    November 13, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
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