House Speaker John Boehner said he believes he can convince the Republican Party to pass an immigration overhaul bill in 2015. However, according to Roll Call, he did not make clear exactly when he plans to schedule a vote because he first wants the country to establish stricter border security.
Boehner said one of the reasons an immigration bill was unlikely to pass earlier in 2014 was due to the influx of unaccompanied minors who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in the last 12 months.
“We had a flood of children coming across the border once again proving that no good immigration bill can pass until we have real border security,” Boehner said on ABC News’ “This Week.” “Big things in Washington take bipartisan majorities. The issue of immigration, only way to do it, and frankly the right way to do it, is to do it in a broad bipartisan way.”
As many as 60,000 children from countries in Central America have fled to the U.S. in hopes of being granted asylum. After being apprehended at the border, many of the children are sent to relatives who live in cities across the country. From there the unaccompanied minors are given court hearings in front of immigration judges who determine if the children will be deported or granted permission to stay in the U.S.
Despite his previous confidence in Congress’ ability to pass immigration legislation to repair the broken system in the U.S. in the last two years, Boehner has only brought a couple of votes to the floor of the House of Representatives. Roll Call said Congress voted to roll back executive actions taken by President Barack Obama to provide some undocumented immigrants relief from deportations.
During his interview on “This Week,” Boehner added that he doesn’t think President Obama should use executive action on immigration reform. Currently, the president plans to issue an executive action that could grant citizenship to thousands of undocumented immigrants already living in the U.S. It is expected to go into effect by the end of 2014 if Congress has not addressed the topic.