Sunday, June 23, 2024

Boehner Crushes Immigration Reform Optimists

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With the ongoing push from activists and groups for immigration reform in the United States, Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner on Wednesday said that talks between the House and the Senate regarding an immigration overhaul similar to the bill already approved in the Senate, is unlikely.

“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 we have no intention of ever going to conference on the Senate bill.”

Immigration reform advocates have made their displeasure of Boehner’s words and actions clear on Wednesday when Carmen Lima, a 17-year-old asked Boehner how he would feel if he had to tell you his kids at the age of 10 that he was never coming back. This same question was asked to Lima by her father, who was here illegally, at that same age.

Another major figure expressing his unhappiness with Boehner is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid saying “How could anybody in good conscience tell one group he’s trying to do immigration reform, and a few minutes later, say ‘I’m not going to do anything about a conference?’

With all the issues facing Congress such as the health care law and budget discussions, the optimism that immigration reform will be passed before the end of 2013, is running low.


New York Times


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