President Obama announced July 16 that immigration reform will miss his deadline goal of August. According to Fox News Latino, the President remains hopeful that legislation could still be finalized in the fall. While discussing immigration with Spanish language television stations, Obama said he wants any legislation that passes to include a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants who are already in the country illegally.
Many Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives do not support immigration reform as long as it includes a pathway to citizenship. The source said the reason a solution to repairing the nation’s broken immigration system will not be reached by August is a lack of consensus among representatives.
“But the House Republicans I think still have to process this issue and discuss it further, and hopefully, I think, still hear from constituents, from businesses to labor, to evangelical Christians who all are supporting immigration reform.” Obama said during his address.
According to Fox News Latino, no action on immigration is expected from the House before they recess for their August break.
Senate immigration group turns focus to House Republicans
Senate Republicans and Democrats who back immigration reform are forming a campaign to target more than 100 Republicans from the House of Representatives. Senators hope to reach out to these representatives while they are home in their districts during the August recess, Politico reported.
Senator Jeff Flake said House Speaker John Boehner should agree to bring the legislation to the floor even without the support of the majority of Republicans. Politico said one tactic for targeting key Republicans is to discuss the Senate bill’s components rather than the overall legislation. Boehner has pledged to follow the Hastert Rule which prohibits him from bringing a bill to the floor that doesn’t have majority Republican support.