In the heat of an election year, the prospect of immigration legislation threatens to strike a divide into the Republican Party on Capitol Hill.

House Speaker John Boehner is sending new signals that he’s preparing to aggressively push for an immigration bill, even if it causes the rank-and-file headaches. But on the other side of the Hill, top Senate Republicans are picking a different fight — going after the Obama administration over reported efforts to ease deportations.

In a letter sent Thursday to President Obama and signed by 22 Senate Republicans, they accused the administration of “an astonishing disregard for the Constitution.” The reported deportation changes, they charged, would be a “near complete abandonment of basic immigration enforcement.”

The same day, Boehner was putting out a very different message in his home district in Ohio.

During a talk to a local Rotary Club, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported, he mocked fellow Republicans for their resistance to an immigration bill.

“Here’s the attitude. Ohhhh. Don’t make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard,” Boehner said, according to the paper, pretending to whine as he talked.

He added: “We get elected to make choices.”

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