Post election comment from Senator Boehner blamed the unaccompanied youth arriving at our border as the reason they have not acted. This is the farthest stretch our leaders in House have ever made – and cannot go left without response from Immigation Advocates! The timing alone does not correlate. They were not proposing any action this summer just before an election. And the culprit definitely had no agenda when they arrived at our border and pleaded for asylum.
Boehner said the House’s inaction on immigration was due to the influx of unaccompanied minors who have been caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, a problem that peaked this summer.
“What held us back last year was a flood of kids coming to the border because of the actions that the president had already taken,” Boehner said.
A reporter asked what had stopped House Republicans from taking up immigration during the 18 months before the border crisis.
“I could regale you with all of my challenges of trying to get members on both sides of the aisle to deal with this. They were numerous,” Boehner said. “But hope springs eternal.”
Boehner said he would have to talk to his fellow House Republicans before he could guarantee that the chamber would take up immigration reform if Obama agrees to drop his plans for executive action. Boehner added that he personally thinks Congress ought to address immigration reform.
“It’s time to deal with it,” he said.