Boehner: We Can't Trust Obama on Immigration

Speaker's comments appear to kill reform hopes

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 6, 2014 4:08 PM CST

(Newser) – House Republicans won't take up immigration reform after all, because there's "widespread doubt" about whether President Obama can be trusted to enforce anything they pass, John Boehner said today. "The president seems to change the health-care law on a whim," Boehner said, according to the Wall Street Journal. "Now he's running around the country telling everyone he'll keep acting on his own." Boehner suggested that Obama push Senate Democrats to take up House-passed job legislation as a trust-building measure, Politico reports.

The comments are widely being viewed as a stake through the heart of immigration reform hopes, because Boehner is seen as immigration's biggest fan amongst the GOP leadership. Yesterday Mitch McConnell said reform was likely impossible, because the Senate insists on a comprehensive bill, and the House insists on piece-meal efforts, CNN reports. "I think we have an irresolvable conflict here," the Senate minority leader said. Many Republicans also worry that passing anything would be seen as a Democratic victory going into the midterms.

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio gestures while speaking during a news conference on Capitol Hill, Feb. 6, 2014.
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio gestures while speaking during a news conference on Capitol Hill, Feb. 6, 2014.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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