Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid recently commented on the status of immigration reform while speaking to a Las Vegas newspaper, stating his belief that House Speaker John Boehner will soon allow the issue to be addressed.
Said Reid: “I think there’s going to be so much pressure on the House that they’ll have to pass it. This is an issue that isn’t going to go away. It’s here. We have 11 million people here who are not going to be sent back to their country of origin. They can’t do that. They can’t do it fiscally. They can’t do it physically. It’s nearly impossible.”
For his part, Boehner commented last month on his belief that immigration reform is “absolutely not” dead.
He also hired Rebecca Tallent, a director of immigration policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center, to directly advise him on immigration related matters. This could indicate a special emphasis on immigration reform down the line.
The news comes on the heels of an announcement Wednesday that a group of evangelicals in favor of passing reform would pray for Boehner to make the right decision. The group will air radio ads encouraging listeners to pray as well for change.
More on Immigration Reform:
- Immigration Reform 2013
- Gang of 8
- Earned Citizenship
- Streamlining Immigration
- Strengthening Border Security
- More Accountability for Employers Hiring Undocumented Immigrants