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February 9, 2016

Boehner: Border Security First

Speaker John A. Boehner told reporters Monday that border security will come before legalization.

“The American people expect that we’ll have strong border security in place before we begin the process of legalizing and fixing our legal immigration system,” the Ohio Republican said.

Conservatives have complained that the Senate’s immigration bill would effectively legalize the 11 million people estimated to be in the United States illegally before new border security measures are implemented.

Asked what specifically Boehner meant when he said “legalizing and fixing our immigration system,” Boehner’s spokesman, Michael Steel, said Boehner was “just stressing the importance of securing the border and getting the interior enforcement system working first.”

Boehner also said the House will act and noted he will talk with the Republican Conference to chart a path forward.

“We’re going to have a conversation with our members Wednesday on how we would move ahead. We have a broken immigration system. We have undocumented workers here in record numbers. We just can’t turn a blind eye to this problem and think it’s going to go away. It is time for Congress to act. But I believe the House has its job to do, and we will do our job.”

Earlier Monday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., urged Boehner to ditch the “Hastert rule” and take up the Senate immigration bill — something Boehner has vowed not to do — as well as the Senate farm bill.

“Eventually he will be forced to take up a more bipartisan measure — or the country will be left with no immigration reform at all, the worst possible outcome,” Reid said. “The Speaker should dispense with the posturing and delay, and do the right thing now. Take up the Senate farm bill now. Take up the Senate immigration bill now.”

Steven T. Dennis contributed to this report.

  • Theodora Crawford

    I’ll be the border will be a fortress but will it ever be enough to be deemed “safe”. Good news for the military-industrial folks, but sadly not for the rest of us, much less the many immigrants (who incidentally are not all from S. America!).

    • stevethird

      Yes. Many are al-Qaeda.

  • Steve851

    In other words, Boehner is in favor of more big government and wasting taxpayer dollar.

  • FrickenGenius

    Why do politicians on both sides seem to want to “legalize” the 20mil illegals? The “people” don’t want them legalized. The border should be fortified, but the real problem is the employers who hire them and the govt benefits given to them.

    Let’s have mandatory e-verify, and proof of citizenship for federal, state, and local assistance programs, including education. This should be enacted and kept in place without any legalized status for those currently in the country illegally. Without jobs or assistance, they will soon go home.

    Then immigrants from countries which share our language and values should be prioritized. Chain migration should end. Those with advanced degrees should be fast tracked. All immigrants should have economic means to support themselves, or have sponsors who promise to support them. Temporary worker program for farm laborers should be developed.

    • DrDean

      ‘Why do pols on both sides want to legalize so many (and it’s a lot more than 20M)?

      Ask yourself what’s in the bill for politicians. The answer is power. The “pathway to citizenship” they are pushing so hard will within 8 to 14 years (about 2 to 3 national election cycles) create 15M to 28M votes out of thin air.

      Given that 90% will go to Democrats, every single one of those “pathway-votes” will nullify (render moot) the a Republican voter – especially conservatives… And that effectively kills the conservative movement.

      Some 70% to 90% of those votes will go to Democrats. That means everything will change think massive redistricting for example – but that’s the least of it: Long story short, the Democrats will *own* all three branches of the federal govt and many more state govts as well.

      And bottom line, once the bill is passed, there will be no democratic way to stop the Democrat-left (with it’s new BFFs the new center-left GOP) from doing anything and everything they want to do to us.

      America 20 years from now will be, in Obama’s words, “fundamentally transformed”.

  • JoeKirkup

    I honestly, truly, fervently hate this RINO piece of crap. Why are we legalizing anybody. Enforce the law jackass.

  • Jesuslander

    There will 2 parts of “immigration reform”. The first part will be new border enforcement laws…which will never be enforced. The second part will be amnesty for all future-Democrat-voter illegal aliens…and that shall be ruthlessly enforced.

  • gildersleeve

    Boehner will fold like a house of cards and weep while he is getting wasted. RINO’s control the Republican party and due to their complete lack of back bone, we will see our standard of living go down and welfare rolls skyrocket. Democraps are rejoicing at how stupid and cowardly this batch of RINO’s are. They are the gift that keeps on giving to the spendaholic Democraps.

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