Boehner Promises to Push for Immigration Changes

Neil Munro, Daily Caller, March 3, 2014

House Speaker John Boehner told agriculture businesses in his home district that he’s pushing for a rewrite of the nation’s immigration laws, despite opposition and skepticism among some swing voters and GOP supporters.

“I’m still working with the President, working with my colleagues in a bipartisan way, and the Congress to move this issue along,” Boehner said in his annual outreach to agriculture leaders, dubbed the “Farm Forum,” held Saturday in Ohio.

Boehner indirectly acknowledged the unpopularity of his push for more immigrant workers. “I know it’s going to be hard that’s why it’s still hanging around,” he said.

“For the last 15 months I’ve been trying to move the ball down the field, only to be tackled by people that just don’t want to deal with it,” he said, according to Civitas Media.

Boehner also suggested that strengthening laws barring the hiring of illegal immigrants—principally mandated use of the E-Verify work authorization system—would wait until new laws make it easier for employers to hire foreign workers. “I’m not sure we’re ready for nationwide E-Verify until we get into substantial immigration reform,” he said.

On Monday, Boehner told the Cincinnati Enquirer that President Barack Obama has to help the GOP pass any immigration bill. “He wants to get it done. I want to get it done. . . . He’s going to have to help us in this process,” he said.


The Senate immigration bill, passed last June, would provide an conditional amnesty to more than 11 million illegal immigrants, double legal immigration for a decade, and permanently double the inflow of non-agriculture guest workers. The inflow would add roughly three foreign workers to the labor supply for every four Americans who turn 18 during the next decade.


Despite the strong pressure from business interests, public opposition has caused Boehner and other GOP leaders to delay any action, so far. Some polls show conditional public support for amnesty, but many polls show hostility from GOP voters and swing voters, especially to demands by business for more guest workers, who would work in dairy farms, the food sector, hotels, resorts, universities, financial firms and high-tech companies.


Boehner echoed some of the progressives’ language.

“We are a nation of immigrants,” Boehner said.

In the Cincinnati Enquirer interview, Boehner also echoed Obama’s claim that the award of residency and work permits to illegals would not be amnesty. “Some want to call it amnesty. I reject that premise. . . . If you come in and plead guilty and pay a fine, that’s not amnesty,” Boehner said.


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  • We were a nation of WHITE immigrants until you politicians sold us down the river. Boner, I refuse to listen to anything you say because there’s an easy test to determine whether you lie: Your lips are moving, you;’re lying. So shut up and enjoy the short period of time you have left in “public service,” you traitorous rat.

    • Charles Lufkin

      Boehner,Ryan,Cantor,Goodlatte are amnesty shills and TRAITORS.Cheap labor pimps.NO more third world immigrants.

    • sbuffalonative

      Boehner isn’t white. He’s orange.

      • NoMosqueHere


  • D.B. Cooper

    Most of you in Ohio will STILL vote for him when he’s up for reelection. HE is THE root of the problems. Once republicans like him are gone, the problems will become easier to solve.

    • Alexandra1973

      There’s something about the eyes that creeps me out.

      • Pro_Whitey

        I think it’s some kind of eye makeup. Is it mascara? Sorry, I don’t know which one goes on the eyelashes and which on the eyebrows.

        • mobilebay

          Mascara on the eyelashes and brow pencil for the eyebrows.

  • Some time between November 5 and December 24, watch for Boner to break the Hastert Rule and call for a vote on the Senate Gang Bangers of Eight bill as written, and with almost all Democrats and just enough RINOs, it will pass.

    Now, I’m not so certain about that that I’ll promise to eat my new expensive dress shoes if it doesn’t happen. But my intelligence guided by experience guided by reading of American history makes me realize that some of the worst legislation has been passed during lame duck Congressional sessions.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      That’s also true of departing presidents. Jimmy, Ray-gun, Slick Willy and the Bushies did a great deal of damage just before exiting. O’Bummer will probably pull some stunners a month before he exits.

      • Want something to worry about?

        Obama commutes all prison sentences of all black Federal inmates to time served thereby letting them loose some time before noon on January 20, 2017.

        • AndrewInterrupted

          You can be diabolical sometimes….<;-)

          I'm scared to think how much ‘…lawfare…’ could be waged against the remaining Americans with an Executive Order pen.

          Especially in the hands of a Chicago gangster.

          • First off, you mentioned my biggest fan.

            Second, I think Obama 2.0 is Cory Booker. Deval Patrick I think comes across as too militant ever to really to fit into the Obama personality mold.

          • AndrewInterrupted

            Ummm….Nick Stix? He’s doing a great job. We need a 100 more like him. Brimelow is also very perceptive for having not been born in the U.S.–and still getting the American mess.

            Deval Patrick thinks he’s got his seething militant nature under control, but it spills out in his crocodile smiles and other body language cues. He’s Eric Holder on steroids, no doubt.

  • David Ashton

    Not America but Immigra.

  • Erasmus

    Try as we might, people, it looks as if in the end we’re going to fail at saving the GOP from itself.

    Hey, Boehner, when your party’s on the dung heap of history, don’t say you weren’t warned.

  • IstvanIN

    We were never a nation of immigrants, that is a common lie. Boehner is just fishing for husband for his unmarried daughters.

    • Petronius

      Exactly! Thank you, IstvanIN.

      We are neither a nation nor immigrants.

      But Boehner sees no difference between pioneers and immigrants. Between then and now. Between white Europeans and Somali jihadists. Between those who arrive to join those already here and those who arrive to take over.

      By the way, didn’t Boehner’s daughter Lindsay marry a Jamaican immigrant?

      Is Rastafari compatible with Roman Catholicism?

      John must be so proud.

      • RisingReich

        He’ll wake up one day with a mudskinned grandchild, and a dead daughter.
        Most would think that’s payback enough, but I don’t.

  • Spartacus

    “We are a nation of immigrants,” Boehner said.


    You were a nation of White Christians. Now you’re not a nation at all .

    • ncpride

      Makes me furious when they use that excuse knowing damn well all those ‘immigrants’ were of European decent who were invited, and checked in at the gate. It’s to the point now all the young clueless liberals don’t know those things and actually believe we have always been a ‘multiracial’ country. Revisionism at it’s finest.

  • Luca

    Say, I have an idea. Let’s see some democracy in action and let the public vote on immigration reform.

    I’d be happy to write the bill for you Boehner and I can guarantee it’s what We The People (taxpayers) would want and would pass. Immediately.

  • dd121

    The immigrants he’s talking about were mostly northern european, even if he doesn’t know that.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      The 3rd world foreigners who came after 1965 aren’t immigrants. They’re brutal, vicious colonizers. They’re even worse than the British and French colonialists of the 19th and 20th centuries because they have absolutely nothing to offer the host society. The non-white colonizers are just here to take and take and take until the economy falls apart because of endless, mindless growth.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      The Demo-rats are all about propaganda disguised as advertising. Their long term talking point strategy has been especially effective. “…nation of immigrants…” has been a very effective cultural carcinogen for them.

      Before 1965, we were something like 90% European.

      A “…nation of European immigrants…”

  • Marc Zuckurburg

    I’m so close to my comprehensive immigration reform that I can just taste it.

    Or maybe that’s the aftertaste of the Frozen Haute Chocolate from Serendipity Three. That dessert was worth every bit of the $25,000 it set me back.

    Your weekly paycheck after comprehensive immigration reform passes:

    • Extropico

      There’s a Zucker born every minute!

      • AndrewInterrupted

        That would have made a good Race Card Project entry…<;-D

        • Extropico

          Thanks Andrew!

    • Manaphy

      Mark Fuckerberg wants more Immigration to suit his own selfish and anti-white goals. People like him and his religious persuasion are the reason why America is currently in the gutter.

      • Marc Zuckurburg

        You, sir or mam, are a scholar and a poet.

        But if I didn’t know any better, I would think that you’re one of my old Rabbis.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      Maybe that’s where all the bitcoins went?

      • Alex Jones doesn’t get everything right, but I think he was right on never to trust Bitcoin. What raised my suspicion about Bitcoin from the get-go is this: Bitcoin is a project of our ideological enemies, people who would otherwise bash and trash any options to state-ordained media of exchange. So why were they all of a sudden pushing an alternate medium of exchange? And why are we supposed to get all jazzed up over constructing a medium of exchange based on how powerful and expensive your computer’s video card is?

  • RisingReich

    Hey Boner – I hope your daughter’s mud man helps you re-think this….hehe…

    • sbuffalonative

      He was hoping his son in law would give him street cred.

  • willbest

    Its like the GOP doesn’t even want to pretend to be competitive at a national level anymore.

  • IstvanIN

    He forgets that the men who founded this country were, overwhelmingly, BORN here. And that the majority of the population was never immigrants. That the percentage of immigrants is higher today that it has ever been.

  • antiquesunlight

    A nation of immigrants my foot. I need to start writing letters to my reps or something, I don’t know. I’ve started putting videos on YouTube and arguing with people just so I could feel like I’m doing something for our cause. But I need to do more. Stupid pseudo-Republicans like Boehner are going to kill us.

  • JohnEngelman

    The Senate immigration bill, passed last June, would provide an conditional amnesty to more than 11 million illegal immigrants, double legal immigration for a decade, and permanently double the inflow of non-agriculture guest workers.

    – Neil Munro, Daily Caller, March 3, 2014

    In other words, forget about getting a raise. Forget about getting a better job. Forget about getting any job if you lose the job you have.

  • WR_the_realist

    John Boehner is guaranteeing a permanent Democratic majority. Democrats should love that guy.

    • MBlanc46

      And a never-ending supply of cheap labor for his corporate sponsors.

  • MBlanc46

    If I hear “nation of immigrants” one more time, I’m going to vomit.

  • Truth Teller

    3 legal immigrant workers for every 4 Americans turning 18. Actually it would be about 7 more immigrants for every 4 Americans because of the illegal immigrants who employers prefer to hire.
    Nation of immigrants. How many centuries does a family have to live in the USA before it is considered natives instead of immigrants?

  • mobilebay

    We are a nation of 300 million citizens and 15 million, or more, illegal aliens. My family arrived before this was a nation, so I don’t consider myself an immigrant. Boehner and many others forget that we now have laws governing who comes here. Of course, Washington has forgotten the laws and continues to aid and abet illegal immigration.

  • NoMosqueHere

    Dump Boner!

    The original meaning of the word boner was a mistake or blunder. Now it means something else; but let’s correct our mistakes.

  • Mentious

    Boner, America was created by White immigrants. Not just “immigrants.” Where’s your racial identity and natural loyal, bro??

  • Snazzy Snook

    This guy is such a F#@King loser … I can’t take it anymore ..

  • Northern American-Nationalist

    It’s these kind of leaders that made it an easier choice to leave the Republican Party.

    I’m registered with the Constitution Party and not the Libertarian Party over the same immigration issues, but at least the libertarians do it out of their anti-statist, individual liberty ideas and not because they’ve been duped by Big Business, social engineers, and the ethno-special interest or perhaps their simply prioritizing plain, ol’ self-interest.