Skip to comments.Boehner: Border Security & Majority of GOP Essential to Pass Immigration Reform in the House
Posted on 06/18/2013 8:15:30 AM PDT by kristinn
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) made the following remarks on immigration reform at a press conference earlier today:
Listen, I think this immigration issues been kicked around this town now for 15 years. Thats why I said the day after the election it was time for Congress to do its work.
Im increasingly concerned that the White House and Senate Democrats would rather have this as an issue in the 2014 election, rather than to resolve it. It was the president who said that he wanted a robust vote coming out of the Senate to help move this process along. And yet heres the president and Senate Democrats working to limit the number of Republican votes that this immigration bill is likely to get. I think thats unfortunate.
On the House side, Ive made clear to our members that were going to have a discussion about this on July 10th. Were going to have a special conference and were going to lay all of this out and listen to what the members have to say.
I also suggested to our members today that any immigration reform bill that is going to go into law ought to have a majority of both parties support if were really serious about making that happen. And so I dont see any way of bringing an immigration bill to the floor that doesnt have a majority support of Republicans. But I just think the White House and Senate Democrats ought to get very serious.
We know that border security is absolutely essential if were going to give people confidence that we can do the rest of whats being suggested. And I frankly think the Senate bill is weak on border security. I think the internal enforcement mechanisms are weak, and the triggers are almost laughable. And so if theyre serious about getting an immigration bill finished, I think the president and Senate Democrats ought to reach out to their
Republican colleagues to build broad bipartisan support for the bill.
The democraps are going to save a TON of money this year, they just have to sit back and watch the GOP defeat itself
Boehner — when will you learn that for a Republican, bi-partisan simply means that the democrats get what they want.
Our leadership speaks.
Somebody needs to clue Tammy Faye in that in polls immigration reform is way down the list of Hispanic priorities just as it is for the rest of us. Most people want a job.
The House Republicans will break. Enough of these idiots will vote for the bill. This one will probably have more surprises than Obamacare.
Impeach the bum.
Border Security only takes place when you enforce the laws on the books.
We don’t do that now, so why should we think we’ll do so when new laws are passed.
This is about as pathetic as it gets.
This statement from Boehner is solid if he actually lives up to it. My preference is that border security be a separate bill all by itself that is passed prior to any other bill dealing with immigration. In fact, I think EVERY bill out of congress should be single focused. It also should be limited in size and scope.
If he's serious about majority GOP support, then those of us with GOP representatives should be writing them often about border security, visa control, visitor control, and ZERO access to social services until any newly naturalized citizen has paid taxes, social security and medicare for at least 2 decades. (Obviously, NEVER for any worker status or visa holder.)
Write your Representatives.
From the mouth of a traitor that would just as soon see us all hang.
If Boner has his way, the democrats get their permanent majority and the country and its taxpayers are forever screwed. Great plan.
Border Security ,would that be keeping people in or out
Yeah, yeah. And then it goes to conference and Shumer’s bill is the result. Nice try, John!
He’s lying, as usual.
A border fence was passed into law in 2006, then was subsequently gutted and defunded. Border security is a red herring to get amnesty passed!
I can’t see a MAJORITY of Reps in the House voting for an amnesty bill. If the test is that a majority of Reps must be in favor, then the chances of a bill passing are slim to none. The only caveat is if Boehner changes his mind and allows a bill to come to the floor that does not have GOP majority support.
Sounds like a win-winif enough GOP Congressmen and Senators run on protecting America's borders from terrorists, gangsters, and bankruptcy.
I do like that characterization - this is the kind of direct rhetoric that is needed.
My preference too. Or...they can add to the conservative wish list on such a bill with amendments to our liking: For instance, require voter registration to include a birth certificate (in response to the latest USSC ruling); schools to require birth certificate on registration or else the parent/guardian pays for the "free" public school to the local school board (liberals have got to love the new source of money); require illegal aliens to pay for their emergency room visits (yes, we will treat them, but they will pay for it); immediate deportation upon completing a sentence of any kind of law violation (can we tattoo their foreheads?); etc.
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