Cloudy Outlook For 2014 Immigration Reform: It’s Tough But Doable


House Speaker John Boehner says immigration reform would be difficult to pass in 2014 because his Republican colleagues and the American people don't trust President Obama, reports Politico. “The president seems to change the health care law on a whim, whenever he likes,” Boehner said. “Now he's running around the country, telling everyone that he's going to keep acting on his own. He's talking about his phone and his pen and he's feeding more distrust about whether he's committed to the rule of law. There's widespread doubt about whether this administration can be trusted to enforce the law. And it's going to be difficult to move any immigration legislation until that changes.”

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said the speaker was simply articulating the political realities of immigration reform passing Congress this year. “He has said it will be very difficult. It is — he's right. I agree with him!” Republican leadership did take a step last week toward immigration reform, releasing a one-page memo detailing the vague principles that would guide the process. The reaction from rank-and-file Republicans has been largely mixed, with a large faction of conservatives resisting action, particularly in an election year. Boehner stressed that reform is an issue that “needs to get done.”

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