Boehner: We Can't Trust Obama on Immigration
Speaker's comments appear to kill reform hopes
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 6, 2014 4:08 PM CST
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio gestures while speaking during a news conference on Capitol Hill, Feb. 6, 2014.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(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.

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KDickley
Feb 12, 2014 11:21 PM CST
Anyone who thinks they can trust this lying African on ANYTHING, needs to have their heads examined.
cornelison
Feb 10, 2014 4:14 PM CST
Republicans think that the extreme right is stupid enough to believe that excuse. It's a good thing that rest of us aren't that ignorant. GOP = Obstruction, Obstruction, Obstruction. Then they go home on vacation. Why not. They're not interested in governing.
laslow
Feb 9, 2014 9:14 AM CST
in other words: "lets not pass meaningful legislation because we don't want to" - claiming that Obama is unable to enforce bills signed into law and approved by the supreme court is just an example of how useless this speaker is. What a clown. He should go back to tanning and crying like he's used to