Obama is Clearly Pro-Amnesty, But What About the House?
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) told donors and industry groups this week he is “hellbent on getting this done”, in reference to tackling so-called immigration reform before the November elections.
According to the Wall Street Journal (sub. req’d), a spokesman for Boehner said that no action is possible this year until President Obama “proves himself a trustworthy partner to Republicans.”
The Journal also reports Rep. Robert Goodlatte (R-VA) 79%, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said it is “entirely possible” the House may vote on several immigration bills this summer.
Some Republicans are hesitant to have a political debate on this issue before an election that would divide the party. Still, lawmakers are under pressure from GOP lobbyists and congressional staffers who think the issue will become more difficult to tackle the longer Congress waits.
Earlier in the year, a Gallup poll indicated about 50 percent of Americans consider immigration reform a top priority for 2014. It’s an important issue, but the economy topped the list. Amnesty would cost taxpayers “$6 trillion in net future costs as unlawful immigrants gain access to the full range of government benefits, including welfare and entitlement programs.”
Not only would amnesty be fiscally irresponsible, but we cannot trust President Obama to enforce any new law that is passed. The House has withstood pressure thus far to avoid cooperating with liberals who want to make amnesty law. It remains to be seen whether they will buckle under pressure.