On the day when the Senate’s immigration reform bill is expected to pass, House Speaker John Boehner assured the Senate that the House has its own immigration reform/border security bill.
“The House is not going to take up and pass whatever the Senate passes,” Boehner said at a press conference on Thursday morning. “We are going to do our own bill, through regular order, and it will be legislation that reflects the will of our majority and the will of the American people.”
He hinted that the border security measures in S. 744 are not acceptable.
“Immigration reform has to be grounded in real border security,” Boehner said. “That’s what the American people believe and it’s a principle that our majority believes in, as well.”
As far as amnesty being in the House’s version, Boehner left that open-ended.
“My job is to facilitate a discussion between both parties, in terms of how we are going to deal with this issue,” Boehner said. “And I am going to continue to facilitate that conversation.”
When asked again to comment on amnesty, he said his opinion on a specific topic would “slow down the progress.” He later mentioned Obamacare as an example of one party’s desires “ramming” through a controversial bill that was in opposition to public opinion. To avoid that kind of outcome, he said that the House’s bill will need the “the ideas of both parties.”
Boehner said the House will have a conference on July 10 to discuss what they will do next, but offered no predictions on what will occur.
“I don’t want to make any predictions of what the outcome of that conference is going to be,” Boehner said. “But we’re going to have a conversation to determine the pathway forward.”