Boehner drafting GOP principles on immigration overhaul

REPUBLICAN PARTY ELEPHANTThe Los Angeles Times, 01/08/2014

Seeking to make an overhaul of immigration laws a priority, House Speaker John A. Boehner vowed Wednesday that he would soon release a document of conservative “principles” on the issue intended to prod Republicans to pass a series of bills this year.

The high-profile promise from the Ohio Republican, who is drafting a one-page list with his leadership team, comes as he is eager to press ahead on a topic that is important to his party’s political future. But the speaker faces continued resistance from powerful conservative groups and an intractable flank of House Republicans who oppose citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants in the country illegally.

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John Boehner must act on immigration now – Op Ed

MEXICO CONGRESSThe Washington Post,  11/19/2013

Poor John Boehner. The beleaguered House speaker can’t even eat breakfast in peace. The other day, a pair of teenage girls, activists for immigration reform, accosted him at Pete’s Diner, his early-morning hangout, to ask how he’d like to be deported.

“How would you feel if you had to tell your kids at the age of 10 that you were never coming home?” 13-year-old Carmen Lima, of California, asked Mr. Boehner. “That wouldn’t be good,” allowed the speaker.

The House speaker wants to tackle immigration reform — just not the main part. He got that right. The rest of his remarks on immigration that day, not so much. Mr. Boehner, who pledged to press ahead with immigration reform a year ago following Mitt Romney’s dismal performance with Latino voters, now says the House will not negotiate with Democrats on the basis of the sweeping reform bill passed by the Senate in June with bipartisan support. Translation: Don’t hold your breath for immigration reform this year, and don’t get your hopes high for next year, either.

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Boehner rejects conference committee with Senate’s immigration bill

REPUBLICAN PARTY ELEPHANTThe Washington Post, 11/13/2013

House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said Wednesday that the House will not enter negotiations with the Senate to hash out differences between its immigration plans and the Senate immigration bill — dealing a significant blow to the prospects of comprehensive immigration reform by this Congress.

“The idea that we’re going to take up a 1,300-page bill that no one had ever read, which is what the Senate did, is not going to happen in the House,” Boehner said. “And frankly, I’ll make clear that we have no intention of ever going to conference on the Senate bill.”

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John Boehner’s next big test: Immigration

us congressThe Washington Post, 10/24/2013

President Obama delivered remarks Thursday morning to renew his call for Congress to pass sweeping immigration reform. The prevailing sentiment in Washington is that it’s not going to happen this year, and may not even happen next year.

But because of the last few weeks, it just might get done by early next year. It’s all up to House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), who by political necessity, must now at least consider leaning in more on immigration.

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House GOP balking at broad immigration bill Calendar working against chamber

REPUBLICAN PARTY ELEPHANTThe Washington Times, 10/23/2013

House Republican leaders said Wednesday they are still intent on holding an immigration debate in their chamber this year, though they said it will not be on the kind of broad, comprehensive plan the Senate passed and that President Obama has demanded.

“The committees are still working on this issue and I expect us to move forward this year in trying to address reform and what is broken about our system,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican, said late Wednesday as he closed down chamber business for the week.

Earlier in the day House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, sounded a similar note of hopefulness that the House would act.

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