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February 11, 2016

‘We Have a Commitment From John Boehner’ on Immigration, Jarrett Says (Updated)

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On immigration, a White House adviser says “We have a commitment from John Boehner.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 10:03 a.m. | The Las Vegas Review-Journal has the story folks are talking about: senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett telling a Las Vegas conference “we have a commitment from John Boehner” on immigration.

“I think we have a window this summer, between now and August, to get something done,” Jarrett said, noting that a vote would come after most Republican primaries. “We have a commitment from Speaker Boehner, who’s very frustrated with his caucus.”

She added, “I feel very encouraged about immigration reform. I think you’re going to see mounting pressure.”

Jarrett clarified her remark via a tweet Friday morning, after the story got lots of overnight attention.

Boehner spokesman Michael Steel reiterated the speaker’s line that Obama needs to show he will enforce the law.

“Republicans are committed to reforming our immigration system, but as the speaker has said repeatedly, it’s difficult to see how we make progress until the American people have faith that President Obama will enforce the law as written,” he said.

Immigration has been the top priority of the president in his second term, with Obama earlier this week saying the House needed to act in the next two or three months.

Boehner himself mocked lawmakers for not wanting to take up the issue, then walked those comments back. He has insisted there is no conspiracy to bring an immigration bill to the floor over the objections of his flock.

Without action, the president seems certain to act to reduce deportations on his own — although the administration has repeatedly warned the president’s authority is limited.

Top Democrats believe Republicans face a choice — pass something now and claim at least some of the credit or watch Obama act unilaterally as much as he can and boost the Democratic Party’s strength in the Hispanic community for years and perhaps generations to come.

Boehner easily won his primary; the No. 2 House Republican, Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, faces a primary challenge June 10.

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    John Boehner has destroyed the lives of millions of unemployed families without unemployment benefits due to his and his party’s party politics.The Republican Party has continued their war on the poor of our country. There are more than 2.6 Million Unemployed Workers, with families, who have been denied an extension of their unemployment benefits since last December. This has been the first time that an extension of benefits were not passed since it’s inception. The Republican Senate has been holding the Bill “Hostage”, in order to have the Koch Brother’s XL Oil Pipeline Bill passed in return for their vote. They have been using these unfortunate families as bargaining chips, and for political leverage, not caring about the damage and suffering caused to these families. Since late last December, many families have faced eviction, home foreclosures, personal bankruptcy, and homelessness. It’s been reported that many of these families have had to live out of their vehicles, and in shelters, and have to rely on food banks to eat. In a country where just recently a foreign aid bill for the Ukraine worth Billions of tax payer’s dollars had been passed., these families are left hung out to dry. It’s sad that people who have worked all their lives, and paying into the system, would find the system not there for them, when they so desperately need it. More than 2.6 million unemployed families are losing their homes and everything, while the politicians continue to play party politics. The politicians are the only winners in this situation, because they have jobs and healthcare, and retirement plans. The coming elections will be the opportunity for all Americans who have suffered because of these political party’s, to make big changes. We will not forget how we were left without unemployment benefits and left in financial ruin.

  • John c

    well the pipe line would add alot of jobs but campaign contributions was more important to barry-i’m sorry your benefits got cut off-so did mine-so now i labor for a friend making 10 an hour instead of crying about it

  • Raylusk

    The pipeline would add almost no permanent jobs. So quit with the lies.

  • Jack Everett

    Bohener is owned body and sole by Koch industries and will do whatever his master tells him. In stead of Americans first it’s dump Americans in the sewer to create a work force of illegal criminal slaves. Only a brain dead voting base could elect a bar fly like Bohener to office.

  • Boatdrink

    Lets properly define Immigration Reform as the administration actually starting to enforce current immigration laws. That would be a reformation.

  • wigglwagon

    Immigration will continue to be a major problem until Congress passes a bill requiring prison time without parole for the employers of illegal workers.

    That would immediately eliminate the largest part of the problem. Doing that 30 years ago would have saved the lives of the thousands of people who died in the desert while coming here for jobs. That would also put at least 8 million American workers back on jobs and paying taxes instead of needing to collect unemployment and welfare. That would go a long way toward eliminating the annual deficit.

    Now they are hauling the illegal workers north in 44 passenger tour buses instead of the 15 passenger vans they used when Dubya was in office.

  • wigglwagon

    The Democrats are even worse. They are working hard to replace American workers with illegal aliens. Also as we speak, Mr. Obama is negotiating a new ‘free trade’ deal that will move factories and millions more of our jobs to Asia.

  • mrmano_0

    Democratic Populists using plight of veterans to further their rage against the unemployed…and…then killing them in VA Hospitals…where is obama??…OBAMA HATES VETERANS!!!…Reid takes his marching orders from someone..

  • mrmano_0

    est 8-10,000 perm jobs in TX…you are just another person who is educated by headlines..

  • mrmano_0

    Democratic Populists using plight of veterans to further their rage against the unemployed…and…then killing them in VA Hospitals…where is obama??…OBAMA HATES VETERANS!!!…Reid takes his marching orders from someone…..

  • mrmano_0

    Democratic Populists using plight of veterans to further their rage against the unemployed…and…then killing them in VA Hospitals…where is obama??…OBAMA HATES VETERANS!!!…Reid takes his marching orders from someone….

  • mrmano_0

    Who’s “us”, Valerie??..the American people..or??..your agenda???

  • Millie Stevens

    Both parties have left the unemployed and their families waiting far too long. They know that we do not have enough jobs for everyone that is looking. If those so called tax extenders are such great job creators, where are the jobs. The corporations have been recieving these tax credits since 1981. I don’t know why the Senate didn’t attach the unemployment extension bill to the tax extenders, alot of the democrats support the tax extenders every year, since we know they have been renewing these since 1981. It seamed like the perfect solution to their problem, the republicans need a bribe to help the unemployed and the democrats need an excuse to pass the tax extenders. Seriously, what is up with that?

  • ShadrachSmith

    Obama even lied about what the Pope said. That is no small part of why the pubs have so much trouble working with this WH, whenever you have a meeting with them, they lie about what happened.

  • left wing

    so YOU are a brain dead voter jacky. the insane left continues it little rants of hate and lies as it is told to do by it’s master.

  • left wing

    the usual hate and lies from the brain dead left dembot lemmings

  • left wing

    no jobs are permanent, but the brain dead leeches never work or think so you would not figure that out.

  • Chaz22

    And it’s all the Republican’s fault –right ?
    It seems to me I’ve heard that song before.
    Why is it, in the world of politics everyting is either back or white ?
    ” John Boehner has destroyed the lives of millions of unemployed families without unemployment benifits due to his and his party’s politics ” you say
    What about the guy in the oval office ? Last time I looked he had more clout than anyone . It’s his country–what’s he going to do about it ?

  • G21

    It is borderline criminal to push the innocent children of these united states further into the hock of hostile foreign governments.

  • l from denver

    Do not, trust anyone in the republican run house. Remember these are the same people that have us in this position we’re in presently. We have let them manipulate a lot of us (unemployed) into a bad situation. They will make u think they’re your best friend to get your vote in November. Keep in mind, there are 6 seats in the house open; we can not let them (Republicans) have those seat. Again please protect your rights and fill the seats with Democrats; or there just might be 3 million more unemployed. Those of you who are apart of the long term unemployed (3 million) lets start with your vote. You have to be sick to play the type of games Boehner and his friends are playing. We are american citizens, and not a chess game for there benefit.

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