Boehner Lacks GOP Support for Immigration Reform
This is a very good thing considering there isn’t a plan to secure the border first.: : :
NewsMax reports Speaker John Boehner has maintained that House Republicans “by and large” support immigration reform guidelines proposed at the GOP retreat earlier this month. But a Roll Call survey of every GOP House member reveals that only 19 representatives are willing to go on record backing it.
Boehner’s controversial principles include a pathway to legalization for illegal immigrants and a pathway to citizenship for children brought here illegally. But the plan falls short of providing an immediate pathway to citizenship as outlined in the comprehensive Senate bill passed last year.
Roll Call studied recent statements by every GOP member of the House to see if they supported Boehner’s proposals, and found that just 19 backed the leadership’s plans, while two Republicans said “possibly yes.”
Thirty Republicans have freely opposed Boehner’s broad initiative, while 22 have not spoken publicly about immigration reform, and another 25 were undecided.
“Given the number of Republicans who declined to answer or wouldn’t give a binary response, it’s possible Republicans see support for the broadly worded principles as a proxy for supporting an immigration overhaul this year,” Roll Call’s Matt Fuller said.
“But with such a seeming dearth of support, the likelihood Republicans could move legislation – in this Congress or the next – seems bleak.”
Originally posted at The Last Tradition
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