Hopes for immigration dim as House speaker says it will be difficult to pass this year

  • Article by: DONNA CASSATA , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 6, 2014 - 3:46 PM

WASHINGTON — Speaker John Boehner on Thursday all but ruled out passage of immigration legislation before this fall's elections, saying it would be difficult for the Republican-led House to act on the issue that President Barack Obama has made a top domestic priority.

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EleanoreFeb. 6, 1412:01 PM

When you're discussing an amnesty for lawlessness, flooding the labor market a third time in a generation with cheap labor, and generally increasing public safety net costs to the citizenry, it shouldn't be something that's considered tough to pass. It should be considered tough to consider in the first place.

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Packman_1Feb. 6, 1412:15 PM

Boehner has no intention of moving forward ANY legislation if it's even slightly supported by the President. Par for the last 4 years. How many times have republicans voted against legislation originally written by republicans simply because it was supported by Obama. The most ineffective Congress in the history of the country is at it again.

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texas_technomanFeb. 6, 1412:26 PM

We would never want to grant amnesty...then 10 or 11 million more folks would be paying taxes for the first time.

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carbonbigfotFeb. 6, 1412:48 PM

Granting amnesty to criminals? Should we just open the doors to all the prisons, too?

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avejoeconFeb. 6, 14 1:03 PM

Par for the last 4 years. How many times have republicans voted against legislation originally written by republicans simply because it was supported by Obama. The most ineffective Congress in the history of the country is at it again.--------NOT ONCE did the GOP vote against legislation originally written by GOP. NOT ONCE!

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EleanoreFeb. 6, 14 1:06 PM

"...then 10 or 11 million more folks would be paying taxes for the first time." - These specific individuals already pay taxes. They just don't get the benefit of those taxes in large part. Lawlessness has it's costs to everyone...except the employers and commercial interests profiting from their presence...and of course the GOP and Democratic parties. Americans on the other hand seem hosed until we can remove the real problem, politicians who won't solve the problem appropriately.

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elmore1Feb. 6, 14 1:50 PM

Set clear and fair requirements. They pay back taxes and go to the back of the line. Too bad that the dems are using this for more vote buying and aren't willing to take a moderate position.

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yardboyFeb. 6, 14 2:03 PM

Those supporting amnesty for low-no skill illegals that would most certainly result in chain migration for another 20+ million people apparently are unaware of the huge negative societal and financial costs associated with this approach. Reform is no doubt needed for our immigration policy, but it should look nothing like what the Senate version gave us. Instead we need something that puts our country and its citizens first on the considerations list, NOT the special interests.

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avejoeconFeb. 6, 14 2:30 PM

Here is ALL the reform you need. IF you hire an illegal, YOU go to jail and the business pays a HUGE fine. If you harbor an illegal, YOU go to jail and pay a HUGE fine. Deportatoin would not be an issue, they would not have a job or housing and would go home themselves. OF course, that would not buy votes, now would it.!

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runfast25Feb. 6, 14 3:01 PM

Another excuse to remain an obstructionist....that's all this is.....for those of you so staunchly against this, I ask you this: Who is washing the dishes at your favorite restaurant or keeping your favorite golf course looking so green? Its not the kid down the street.....

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