John Boehner: House
Will Write Its Own Immigration Bill
June 28, 2013
The United States Senate has passed landmark immigration reform
legislation that would create a path toward citizenship for 11 million
illegal immigrants, but to become law it must pass in the Republican-led
House of Representatives.
House Speaker John Boehner has made clear that the bill, as it stands
now, is dead on arrival in the House.
"The House is not going to take up and vote on whatever the Senate
passes," he said. "We are going to do our own bill, through regular
order, and it will be legislation that reflects the will of our majority
and the will of the American people."
Many of Boehner's fellow House Republicans who are more focused on
tighter border security and identifying immigrants who have overstayed
their visas oppose any path to citizenship for illegal residents.
House Democrats, on the other hand, celebrated the passage of the Senate
bill and say it is urgent that House members come together to reform the
Democratic Congressman Luis Gutierrez of Illinois says people's lives
and families depend on it.
"Today 1,200 people will be deported; 1,200 people were deported
yesterday, and [will be] every day until we fix our broken immigration
system," he said.
But Speaker Boehner has made clear he does not want to rely on the
almost unanimously pro-immigration Democratic caucus in the House to
pass immigration reform. Political analyst Larry Sabato says he is
skeptical that the House of Representatives will pass a major overhaul
odds are that if it passes anything, it will pass bits and pieces rather
than comprehensive immigration reform," Sabato said.
Along with other political analysts, Sabato says that even if Boehner
wants to pass immigration reform to improve Republicans' standing among
Hispanic voters, he is likely to face resistance within his own party.
"As we have learned repeatedly, Speaker Boehner does not control the
House of Representatives, or his own caucus," he said.
Members of Congress are heading home for a week over the July 4th
holiday. When they return, Boehner says, House Republicans will meet on
July 10th to discuss the way forward on immigration.