CURATED BY Dara Lind
2014-06-30 15:36:39 -0400
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On June 30th, the White House said that House Speaker John Boehner told President Barack Obama that the House wasn't going to vote on immigration in 2014. In response, President Obama announced that he's going to see what he can do on immigration via executive order — in particular, shifting resources on immigration enforcement from the interior of the US to the border.
Since President Obama said as late as May that he'd wait to pursue executive action to give the House time to vote — making him more optimistic than most politicians about the prospects of legislative reform — this means reform is essentially dead. That's especially true because Republican members of the House have said that if the President takes executive action, they won't support any immigration reform bill.
Boehner repeatedly said he "wants" to take action on immigration in 2014, but any time he tried to pressure his caucus to take up the issue, the backlash caused him to back down. Boehner also warned it would be impossible for the House to pass any immigration bill unless it could start trusting President Obama to "enforce the law" — a phrase that could refer to Obama's policies of using prosecutorial discretion in immigration policy, or could refer to GOP distrust of Obama more generally. In response to these concerns, Obama delayed his planned review of deportation policy until the end of the summer. Boehner initially dismissed the delay as "playing politics."
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