President Obama said that immigration reform would be an “issue that haunts” Republicans if they failed to act and pressed House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to use his “political capital” to find a solution.
“There’s always gonna be a limit to what I can do in the absence of action by Congress,” Obama said in an interview aired Thursday on “CBS This Morning.” “I think it is very important for Congress to recognize that this is going to be an issue that haunts them until it gets solved.”
A comprehensive bill passed the Senate last year, but House Republicans say they will address the issue with a piecemeal approach focusing first on border security. House GOP leaders unveiled their own principles for reform earlier this year, but quickly shelved plans to act. Boehner said it was unlikely immigration reform would pass before November’s midterms and has ignored Democratic calls to bring the Senate bill to a vote.
Obama has pressed Republicans on immigration, urging them in a statement Wednesday to “listen to the will of the American people” and pass comprehensive reform.
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