WASHINGTON -- Speaker
“Is immigration reform dead? Absolutely not,” the Ohio Republican said at a news conference Thursday. “I have made clear, going back to the day after the last election in 2012, that it was time for
The Senate’s sweeping bipartisan immigration bill has essentially died in the Republican-controlled House. The
Advocates for immigrants have targeted Republican leaders to force a vote before Congress adjourns for Thanksgiving. Immigrants tried to deliver turkeys to GOP leaders on Thursday. Earlier in the week, young immigrants who call themselves Dreamers, after legislation that would provide them with citizenship if they attended college or joined the military, held a morning vigil outside Boehner's Capitol Hill townhouse.
"I was encouraged that the president said that he wouldn't stand in the way of step-by-step immigration reform," Boehner said. "I'm hopeful we can make progress on this very important issue."
Boehner declined to say when that might happen.