Boehner: Obama’s Executive Actions Hurt Immigration Reform’s Chances

by Andrew Johnson

President Obama’s plan to advance his agenda through a series of executive orders will ultimately doom any chance of immigration reform, says Speaker John Boehner.

“I’ve tried to get the House to move on this now for the last 15 or 16 months, but every time the president ignores the law — like the 38 times he has on Obamacare — our members look up and go, ‘Wait a minute — you can’t have immigration reform without strong border security and internal enforcement, and how can we trust the president to actually obey the law and enforce the law that we would write?’” Boehner told Fox News on Monday.

The House has not voted on the immigration bill the Senate passed last year, and has indicated it is more likely to take a piecemeal approach.

If President Obama sticks with his practice of zealous executive action — he is announcing two new executive orders regarding equal pay today — it “will make it almost impossible to ever do immigration reform,” Beohener said. ”He will spoil the well to the point where no one will trust him by giving him a new law that he will implement the way the Congress intended.”

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