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February 9, 2016

Boehner Defers to Conference on Immigration

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Speaker John A. Boehner sounds as non-committal as ever on an immigration overhaul.

Asked whether he would commit to addressing immigration, Boehner made it clear he was deferring to his Republican conference.

He said Republicans would be discussing that topic on Thursday at their annual retreat, where they would “outline our standards, principles of immigration reform and have a conversation with our members.”

The Ohio Republican said once GOP leadership had talked with its members, leaders would have a “better idea of how to move forward.”

That might prove difficult, given that House Republicans are all over the map on immigration.

Boehner is expected to lay out some broad principles of an immigration overhaul, but none of those principles are considered sacred.

The retreat to Cambridge, Md., has long held much of the fate of immigration legislation. But in advance of the retreat, Boehner has sounded less and less resolute in producing legislation to address immigration.

  • Barry Mole

    If the GOP pushes any form of amnesty or amnesty lite then the Republican party is toast. Any amnesty will insure that ObamaCare will never go away.

  • theBuckWheat

    We may very well decide on humanitarian grounds, that we must allow some of the people who have come here in violation of the law and who have stayed here in violation of the law, and who have worked here in violation of the law, to have some legal status to live and work here. We DO NOT OWE THEM ANYTHING ELSE! And we especially do not owe them the right to vote.

    If we grant such people the vote, we would be MAKING A GRAVE MISTAKE if only because the law must mean something of value to those we allow to vote on who will be in office.

    • Tom Smith

      I’m a humanitarian.
      And I want them all deported.

  • Dave Francis

    Jan 28.

    ACTION–Not words, is the only true avenue for Americans to halt a possible
    immigration reform package being pressed by Republican Speaker John Boehner,
    with a compromise for the Democrat instigators led by President Obama and
    miserable old man Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada.
    Just writing comments, with all of us subsisting in our own world and getting
    frustrated isn’t going to go anywhere? SPEAKING UP AND CALLING ON THESE
    NOWHERE? Our only chance of forcing the United States Congress to follow the
    people’s will is the hammering voice of the people. The Tea Party has grown in
    mega-membership of Americans from every Race, religion and political Left,
    Right relationship. We have been lied to, by egotistical and delusional bunch
    of narrow-minded people and have unceasingly ignored us, with the inception of
    1986 amnesty. Numbersusa, a grassroots
    organization, sees the danger of overpopulation and the socialist factions
    don’t? Fax for FREE Congress –
    Tell them to secure the borders first!
    . Use your voice and crash the switchboard in Washington
    DC at (202) 224-3121.

    With over a 10 million Americans still seeking work and another 6 million
    either given up or not seeking a job, there should no thoughts of pressing for
    the objectionable Senate bill or the Republicans set of new policies. We
    certainly can do without another 30 million illiterate people; as many will end
    up on welfare; meaning cash payments for illegal parents for their children;
    more food stamps; billions of dollars for already overcrowded schools; health
    care will become a catastrophe? Obama is advancing
    toward Martial Law and accelerating his second-term plans. High-ranking
    military officials are being taken out and the loyal military men and women
    across all of our armed forces are being replaced by loyalists.

    Enough is enough. Obama has defied and defiled the
    Constitution, bypassed Congress, gone against the laws of this country and the
    will of the people. The only true Conservatives who will enforce immigration
    are the “Break-away” Peoples TEA PARTY dot org. President
    Barack Obama is pushing for amnesty even though the Congressional Budget Office
    determined it will devastate the wages of working class Americans. If Washington gets its way we will lose our jobs to illegal immigrants.
    We will be forced to pay even more outrageous health care costs to pay for
    these law-breakers. They already openly defy our laws, deface our flags and
    feed off our system. What will happen if they’re rewarded for their illegal and
    illicit activities? Backdoor Amnesty:
    Deportation Cases Closed by ‘Prosecutorial Discretion’ so illegal immigrants
    walk free. This man has continuously
    violated “THE RULE OF LAW.”

  • Tom Smith

    No, Boehner is committed.
    On jamming Amnesty thru Congress ASAP.

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