Following a speech at the American Enterprise Institute, House Speaker John Boehner said that reforming the nation’s immigration system will boost the economy. According to The Hill, Boehner made the statement after a question was asked from an audience member, and wasn’t something that he planned to discuss during his speech.
“Immigration reform will help our economy, but you’ve got to secure the border first,” Boehner said in his speech. “We’ve got a mess and everyone knows we’ve got a mess. It needs to be fixed. We’re a nation of immigrants, the sooner we do it, the better off the country would be.”
At the top of Boehner’s list for repairing the country’s broken immigration system is increasing security at the border, something that President Barack Obama also suggested when he announced that he will wait until after midterm elections in November to address immigration reform.
Boehner said Republicans in the House of Representatives did not move forward on immigration reform in 2013 because they did not trust the president to apply the law appropriately, Breitbart reported. He added that he thinks it will be difficult to act on immigration reform until his party can trust the president.
However, Boehner did say in early September that the House of Representatives could make a move on immigration reform at the beginning of 2015, the Breitbart stated.
President Obama was expected to take executive action on immigration reform at the end of summer because Congress failed to act before it left for its August break. At the time he was expected to announce his decision on how to handle immigration. President Obama said he would wait until after midterm elections to make a move because he didn’t want to put Democrats who are in a tight race at risk of losing their seats in Congress.