House Speaker John Boehner declined to state his position on whether or not he supports a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants already living in the U.S. According to The Washington Post, Boehner said he cannot say if legislation on immigration reform will reach the House floor or if a pathway to citizenship will be part of a comprehensive immigration deal.
“My job in this process is to facilitate a discussion and to facilitate a process so the American people can see what we’re doing and so the members understand that we’re dealing with this in a deliberative way,” Boehner said during CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
Immigration reform is one of the tougher challenges facing Congress and House Republicans, according to The Hill. Several believe that in order to improve the party’s image among the nation’s Hispanics, an agreement on legislation must be made. However, many of the House’s conservative members want to focus immigration efforts on border security while denying a pathway to citizenship.
The Hill said Boehner has warned his fellow Republicans in Congress that failing to come to an agreement on how to repair the country’s broken immigration system will leave the party in a weaker political position.
Bipartisan legislation on immigration reform was passed in the Senate, but Boehner said he would not allow the House to vote on the bill. According to The Hill, Boehner said that the Senate’s bill will not be voted on was because it did not contain “enough serious triggers to protect our borders.” The House is expected to deal with immigration on a piecemeal approach, in chunks, rather than through a comprehensive bill.