House Immigration Bills Are Still in the Mix

Laura Meckler, Wall Street Journal, April 17, 2014

Speaker John Boehner and other senior House Republicans are telling donors and industry groups that they aim to pass immigration legislation this year, despite the reluctance of many Republicans to tackle the divisive issue before the November elections.

Many lawmakers and activists have assumed the issue was off the table in an election year. But Mr. Boehner said at a Las Vegas fundraiser last month he was “hellbent on getting this done this year,” according to two people in the room.

A spokesman for Mr. Boehner didn’t dispute the account but said no action is possible until President Barack Obama proves himself a trustworthy partner to Republicans.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, delivered an upbeat message about legislative prospects during a recent trip to Silicon Valley, said Carl Guardino, chief executive of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, who hosted his visit.

He said Mr. Goodlatte told him action in 2014 was “entirely possible,” likely in the form of votes this summer on five to seven immigration bills. A spokeswoman for Mr. Goodlatte declined to comment on the exchange.

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R., Fla.) also is drafting legislation that would give qualifying undocumented immigrants legal status and the chance to apply for citizenship through existing channels. The bill includes border-security measures and an effort to clear the backlog of applications for permanent legal status, known as green cards.

House leaders have told Mr. Diaz-Balart to have the legislation ready to go for possible debate in June or July, an aide said.

One issue that could impact the timetable in Congress is a review of deportation policy now under way by the Department of Homeland Security, at Mr. Obama’s direction.


Republicans who want to move legislation are at odds over timing. Some argue that next year offers a better window for action, because Republicans will be more focused on the 2016 presidential election, when support from Hispanics would be important to the party’s nominee.

But increasingly, GOP lobbyists and some congressional staff say the taskmight grow harder if the party waits.

If Republicans win control of the Senate, for example, Sen. Charles Grassley (R., Iowa), who is widely seen as opposing an immigration overhaul, would be slated to lead the Judiciary Committee, which handles immigration.

Many in the business community have shifted their lobbying to emphasize this point, several lobbyists said.

A spokeswoman for Mr. Grassley said that he opposed the Senate’s bipartisan bill, in part because amendments he believed would have improved the measure were rejected.

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  • willbest

    Now that the government has been politicized, it would seem the thing to do would be to put all the businesses lobbying for immigration reform on the short list for ICE raids.

  • Luca

    Amnesty is the single issue for me. And this is the year to relinquish as many Liberals as possible. And I do mean from both parties.

    • D.B. Cooper

      Only amnesty? What about Affirmative Action and black crime?

      • So CAL Snowman

        Baby steps bro, baby steps.

      • Luca


        • Einsatzgrenadier

          Massive third world immigration is priority number one for me. It’s destructive, it’s senseless, it threatens to undermine and totally wipe out modern western civilization and nobody likes to talk about it, at least not in public. Everything else pales in comparison.

          • AA and black crime are crucial, but amnesty and NW immigration are it on a stick. If we lose on that, then AA and black crime won’t matter anymore.

      • Nancy Thomas

        Nothing else has the ability to totally WRECK our country FOREVER. That’s how big amnesty is.

  • D.B. Cooper

    Removing Boehner from office should be Priority One in the Republican Party. The GOP has lost me partially because of Boehner alone. The GOP doesn’t have the white vote anymore, and since they do not care, I say them along where the Whigs went.

    • AndrewInterrupted


      • NeanderthalDNA

        I hated Don Juan Beaner when I was a sniveling liblefty poser…

        I hate him even more now.

        • AndrewInterrupted

          He got vindictive after he realized he’s getting voted out for
          being a pussy. His appearance on the Jay Leno Show was
          all but a resignation as far as I was concerned.

          The clown is Eric Cantor. We are looking past the limp Boehner now.

          • NeanderthalDNA

            Isn’t that a great image? Cantor clown is awesome too, har har.

    • Who Me?

      Whatever happened to the good old fashioned “tar and feather and run ’em out of town on a rail” type of taking care of scoundrels? If ever there was a politician who needed it (and there were/are many) here’s one for the books.

  • Why do I get the feeling that this is all talk in front of the donors to keep the money spigot open? For as many times as Boner has threatened to do this, he sure doesn’t seem to be in an actual hurry to get it done.

    All I can say if that he was really serious about this, and if there were enough votes, almost all Democrats and just enough Republicans, he would have broken the Hastert Rule by now and passed either the Gang Bangers of Eight bill as written, or something else.

    It’s an election year, and each passing day gets us closer to election day. So each day that goes on means that the House passing its own bill then doing conference with the Senate is less likely, simply for the time restraints, and for the fact that more people will be paying closer attention. Which means that every day that passes and that doesn’t happen, if anything does happen, it will be the Gang Bangers of Eight bill. And after the end of this Congress, on January 3 of next year, if the Senate Gang Bangers of Eight bill dies in the House, it will die period because that day is the end of the current 113th Congress. And I don’t think the votes are there in the House to pass GB8 as written.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      There are two distinct components in this phony baloney “immigration reform”.

      The Demo-rats want the 12 million future Democrats who are utterly, painfully unskilled. In exchange, the Repugs want an increase in H1-B Visa workers from something like 30,000 a month to 65,000 a month. That’s why Boehner broached the topic in that meeting. The corporate leaders in that meeting don’t give a hoot about the 12 million Greaseritos. They only care about the extra skilled slave labor they get in exchange.

      It’s a bipartisan ‘…deal with the Devil…’ The Libs get their voter fraud for future elections, the Repugs get increased profits for their share-holders. The Repugs have no use for the unskilled swarms. It’s just a byproduct of political corruption.

      • Make no mistake about it. I still don’t trust John Boner any further than I can throw him.

        It’s just that if I was either part of the Chamber Pot of Commerce, or an open borders fanatic, (though I repeat myself), I’d be begging Boner either to sing or to get off the pot.

        I do know that I read an MSM article, lost the URL, that stated plainly that there are absolutely no more than 18 Republican votes for a straight up vote on GB8, and some of them might get scared when it’s actually time to vote. But it also said that there are six Democrats who will absolutely refuse to vote for it, which means all it has is 213 votes, five short. I’ve been worried about the lame duck session; unless something changes, that’s one bullet we may dodge.

        • AndrewInterrupted

          I still say the options open way up if the Senate goes the Repugs way. If not, time to buy some land in Iceland.

      • Pro_Whitey

        I think Adelson has use for the unskilled swarms because they will help him drive down the wages on the unskilled swarms he already employs in his casinos. Plus, he probably owns a lot of slum rental property into which he packs said unskilled swarms for high rent payments. And of course he would not tolerate any such policies in the land to which he is truly loyal, Israel, because he knows how destructive they are to the people.

        • AndrewInterrupted

          Minimum wage doesn’t care if there are 10,000 people vying for a 100 jobs, or 10,000,000. Adelson will still have to pay those 100 people minimum wage.

          Amnesty will just accelerate crime. The word went out on the street a long time ago that your only risk of deportation is if you get arrested for something. If amnesty happens there will be an explosion of crime. The Repugs must know that.

          The Repugs want to drive down the wages of the already battered middle class by upping the H1-B Visa limits. The 12 million criminals that come with it will be seen as a mere byproduct of Repug greed.

    • Nancy Thomas

      Rumor is that they plan to do it after the primaries. If they do, i will leave the GOP and become a full time WN.

      • There was a thought they’d try to sneak it through some time after the end of the last filing deadline for the last state, but then they dropped that when they realized the incumbents that would vote for it could lose the actual primary elections to some challenger. Then the plan was to do it after the actual last primary vote of the last state and the general election, they dropped that because they realized that incumbents who voted for it would lose in the general election. Then the plan was to do it after election day but before the new Congress gets sworn in, the lame duck session. The problem is that the only thing that they could do during the lame duck session, considering time restraints, is for the House to pass the Senate GB8 bill as-is. Not enough time to pass its own bill then do conference with the Senate then both chambers vote on the compromise legislation. However, like I said above, there aren’t enough votes in the House for GB8.

        • evilsandmich

          It is odd, but as someone else pointed out this is how Obamacare got done. No one, including myself, believed that dead duck was going to fly until the final vote. The Dems squeezed their caucus even though it meant political suicide; I don’t put it past the GOP to try the same stunt.

  • IstvanIN

    Why doesn’t someone propose ending all immigration? That is what we need. We are all filled up.

    • Hallie Eva

      No we are not full. Wyoming has all that wild, empty space. Not to worry, efforts are afoot to fill the vast beauty of that state with thousands of Congolese and Somalians.

  • Boner must in his most private of moments realize what a complete failure he is as a human being. His daughter recently married a Jamaican rasta man, a real loser. Every day he must think about his daughter having sex with the pictured creature every night. Boner is evidence that there is payback by the universe toward race traitors.
    (Picture not uploading, but look it up for fun, searching for boehner daughter wedding)
    Edit: Sorry, picture did not seem to be uploading, that’s why there’s three the same.

    • Greg Thomas

      Serves this scum bag right for being a traitor.

  • MBlanc46

    “[D]onors and industry groups”. Those are the folks that call the tune in this country. And they will do so until we tear it down.

    • Nancy Thomas

      Article on yahoo I just saw a few hours ago states that the populace has no effect on policy, that an economic elite calls all the shots. However, when i say the same thing I’m called a conspiracy theorist.

      • bilderbuster

        Only dishonest or just plain stupid people use that term.
        As if conspiracies don’t happen every single day.

  • DudeWheresMyCountry?

    Hey Al Qaeda, do us all a favor and drop a nuke over Washington D.C.

  • Nancy Thomas

    Boehner is filth.

  • Pro_Whitey

    Will someone rid us of these troublesome congressmen!?!?

  • WR_the_realist

    The “business community” does not want to hire American citizens under any circumstances. They own the Republican party But they own the Democratic party too.

  • John Ambrose

    I can’t say I’m surprised that a grown man who’s addicted to tanning, cries at the drop of a hat and has a black son-in-law would think that amnesty is just peachy dandy.

    • Grantland

      The temptation will be to spare freaks like Bohner the death penalty when the time comes – a misplaced pity. Alas, we must harden our hearts, and do the right thing.