Boehner Says No to Immigration Reform, Fears Obama Interruption

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On February 6, Speaker of the House John Boehner, a Republican representative from Ohio, made his thoughts on the reform of U.S. policy on immigration known. Just one week after indicating that House Republicans would pursue an overhaul of the country’s immigration laws, Boehner has cast doubt on prospects for any policy change, at least this year.

Immigration legislation may be a top priority for the Obama administration, but conservative Republicans believe it best to pursue reform next year, when the party may also control the Senate in addition to the House of Representatives. For now, until midterm elections recast party majorities, the Democrats have a 55-to-45 advantage in the upper house, but the party will be defending numerous seats when voters go to the ballot box this November, including ones in Republican-leaning states.

According to Boehner, the problem is the country’s leadership, meaning President Barack Obama. It’s not that immigration is an issue that can go untended: “As you all know, for the last 15 months, I’ve talked about the need to get immigration reform done,” the speaker told reporters during a Thursday news conference. “This is an important issue in our country. It’s been kicked around forever, and it needs to be dealt with.”

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