Boehner insists immigration reform 'absolutely not' dead

Nov. 22, 2013

Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner insisted Thursday that immigration reform was “absolutely not” dead – just a little over a week after declaring he had “no intention” of negotiating with the Democratic led Senate over its comprehensive immigration proposal.

Boehner told reporters at his weekly press conference he was “encouraged” by President Barack Obama’s comments earlier this week saying he was open to the House GOP’s plans to address immigration reforms in a series of smaller bills.

The President, speaking to a group of CEOs on Tuesday, said of House Republicans, “They’re suspicious of comprehensive bills, but if they want to chop that thing up into five pieces, as long as all five pieces get done, I don’t care what it looks like as long as it’s actually delivering on those core values that we talk about.”

But Boehner declined to answer a question on when the House would vote on any of the piecemeal GOP immigration measures. A Boehner aide told CNN, “he didn’t make any specific announcement on timing.”

The House of Representatives is scheduled to be in session just eight more days before the end of the year, and aides from both parties do not expect the House to hold any votes until next year.

Even before the President stated he could accept moving reform in pieces, House Democratic leaders said as long as the Republican controlled House moved some type of immigration bill they believed larger negotiations could start. But Boehner’s spokesman said the Speaker’s opposition to discussing the Senate passed bill still stands.

That Senate measure, passed in June with some GOP support, includes an eventual pathway to citizenship for most of the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants.

A group of immigration reform supporters is staging a fast on the National Mall not far from the Capitol that has lasted over a week to urge Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform now. House Democratic leaders invited five of those protesting to address some of their members Thursday morning, before the House leaves for another extended recess for the Thanksgiving holiday.

“We believe our Republican colleagues should hear the message ‘let’s act now.’ It is good for the economy,” House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra said.

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  • JD
    22 November 2013 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    Boehner, stop it your only playing with the people of America. The Republicans reject a comprehensive approach and many question offering citizenship to people who broke U.S. Immigration laws to be in this country. So Boehner stop playing with Obama ?

  • JD
    22 November 2013 at 11:18 pm - Reply

    Boehner, forgot to say this to you ? “Yes immigration reform is absolutely dead ” Ask the Americans what they think about the immigration reform ? They say who gives a hell about it we need jobs not more people coming to America.

    • Arbi
      23 November 2013 at 8:23 am - Reply

      @JD, for humanity’s sake, stop posting with your fifth grade education … You’re still low in brains and high on body odor 🙂

      • 白話/白话
        23 November 2013 at 9:59 am - Reply


      • JD
        23 November 2013 at 2:07 pm - Reply

        @Arbi go clean toilets poor kid from philippines, filipinos is poor, and broke ass no money, think they smart but have all the bad jobs in America and can’t speak english, that’s you the gay name Arbi ! I wish you was in front of me, I’ll kick your poor ass do you understand filipino from a poor country that always BEG us Americans for MONEY, MONEY, MONEY !

        • Arbi
          23 November 2013 at 2:14 pm - Reply

          @hJD … blah blah blah …still a dingleberry.

      • JD
        23 November 2013 at 2:12 pm - Reply

        Arbi, get lost your a troll, we Americans don’t like you ? We kick people like you in the Ass ! Little kid go play with you toys ?

        • Arbi
          23 November 2013 at 2:16 pm - Reply

          @JD … blah blah blah … get your GED 🙂

      • I D
        23 November 2013 at 2:19 pm - Reply

        Arbi if you can’t say nice things. Please don’t comment on anything. Thank You.

        • Arbi
          23 November 2013 at 2:32 pm - Reply

          @I D … Practice what you preach. Thank you!

  • amfil
    23 November 2013 at 10:20 am - Reply

    What we need our job jobs for Americans
    not more cheap foreign labor

  • I D
    23 November 2013 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    @Arbi you sound STUPID !

    • Arbi
      23 November 2013 at 2:27 pm - Reply

      ID if you can’t say nice things. Please don’t comment on anything. Thank You.

    • Arbi
      23 November 2013 at 2:31 pm - Reply

      @ ID … Practice what you preach. Thank you!

      • ID
        25 November 2013 at 7:33 am - Reply

        Arbi, look at your remarks it looks like your mad at the whole world. Don’t call people names, you sound like your from the phillippines, please try to act your real age.

    • I D
      24 November 2013 at 9:42 am - Reply

      Boehner immigration reform is dead,because of people like Arbi in our country. He should be deported back to the philippines. He’s not wanted in our country.

      • Arbi
        24 November 2013 at 3:27 pm - Reply

        @ID … go fetch!

        • HELLO
          24 November 2013 at 3:38 pm - Reply

          Arbi, be nice don’t talk like a little boy. Make comment about the story not about people. You sound like your 10 years old. Kids in America has class they not Dogyot.

          • Arbi
            24 November 2013 at 10:15 pm -

            @HELLO … sorry to disappoint you, but I do not play nice, specially to any person(s) who like to discriminate and to silence the voice of reason. If you can not stand the heat get out of the kitchen! … @JD, why assume a new identity aka ID? …

          • JD
            25 November 2013 at 7:13 am -

            Hey Arbi, wath a dumb remark you made in your comment? I like to discriminate and silence the voice of reason? What your talking about the people like you that is gay don’t belong with people like us in U.S. This country don’t need you poor filipino go back where you came from under a rock ! Why don’t you go on the America Web site and see what happens to your remarks, we will eat you up in BOY ! This the voice of reason talking to a little poor boy from philippines.

          • Arbi
            25 November 2013 at 7:20 am -

            @JD … you’re still low on brains and high on body odor! …

          • HELLO
            25 November 2013 at 7:21 am -

            Arbi don’t ever say a sad remark if you can’t make a nice comment. Stop it son don.t make fun of other people please. You only put down the filipinos in america. By saying those sad remarks to other people. Be nice to people.