Boehner turning to immigration reform?
By Russell Berman - 05/12/14 11:13 AM EDT
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will address the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in San Antonio on Monday at 1 p.m. in a conversation sure to touch on immigration reform.
The Speaker has called for the House to tackle the contentious issue and put out a series of Republican principles for reform in January, but he has said a lack of trust in President Obama to enforce the law is preventing House Republicans from moving forward.
Boehner angered some conservatives last month when he mocked Republicans who did not want to address immigration reform because it was “too hard.”
Vice President Biden used a Cinco de Mayo celebration last week to renew the administration's calls for Boehner to take up immigration reform.
"It's time for him to stand up, stand up and not let the minority — I think it’s a minority — of the Republican Party in the House keep us from moving in a way that will change the circumstances for millions and millions of lives,” Biden said during remarks to roughly 100 people at the Naval Observatory that included members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
Obama also used a Cinco de Mayo celebration at the White House last Monday to call on Republicans in Congress to press forward with comprehensive immigration reform.
"It's time for members of Congress and Republicans in the House to catch up to the rest of the country," Obama said.
The president said he was "convinced that America's prosperity and security" depended on passing an immigration bill, and accused House Republicans of refusing "to allow meaningful immigration reform to move forward at all."