Today Boehner said the Senate Immigration bill must have border security enhancements in place before undocumented immigrants can apply for legal status.
“It’s real clear, from everything that I’ve seen and read over the last couple of weeks, that the American people expect that we’ll have strong border security in place before we begin the process of legalizing and fixing our legal immigration system,” said Boehner, Speaker of the House of Representatives.
In the Senate-approved bill, certain undocumented immigrants would become eligible for Registered Provisional Immigrant status as early as six months after enactment.
The bill passed in the Senate with a 68-32 vote. The bill received most of its votes from the Democratic majority. Most Republicans voted against the bill. Thirty-two out of 46 Republicans voted no.
Boehner stated once again that the House will not approve the Senate immigration bill as it is. The bill, Boehner said, must earn the support of majority of the Republicans.
“It is time for Congress to act. But I believe the House has its job to do, and we will do our job,” said Boehner.
The House is still working on its own immigration bill.
On Wednesday, Boehner will lead an immigration reform meeting of the House Republican Conference. Activists plan to have rallies and simulated citizenship ceremonies in Washington this week to coincide with the House Republican Conference.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) has said that the House plans on voting on the immigration bill in the next few weeks before the August recess.
More on Immigration Reform:
- Immigration Reform 2013
- Gang of 8
- Earned Citizenship
- Streamlining Immigration
- Strengthening Border Security
- More Accountability for Employers Hiring Undocumented Immigrants