On Wednesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) told her to wait until next year for comprehensive immigration reform. “He told me, yes we have to wait until next year,” Pelosi said.
Recently Boehner said that comprehensive immigration reform is “absolutely not” dead and a Republican aide said that amnesty advocates who were confronting lawmakers should target someone other than Boehner because he supports comprehensive immigration reform.
The Senate has passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill, which has a path to citizenship provision that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office determined would lower the wages of working class Americans. The House, though, has not moved on immigration reform, largely because of conservative opposition.
Earlier Obama said that he was okay with comprehensive immigration reform being broken up into pieces so long as all of the pieces pass. Though Boehner has previously said he would not go to conference on the exact Senate bill, he has not ruled out going to conference on various piecemeal bills.
And after Tuesday’s budget agreement, amnesty advocates feel that they will now get immigration reform. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) said his “Republican friends” have told him they want comprehensive immigration reform in everything but name only and Democrats and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) have said advocates of comprehensive immigration reform would make a final attempt to pass the bill sometime in the spring of 2014, after the primary season.