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Immigration Reform Stalls and GOP Blames Obama Administration

Just a week after House Speaker Boehner released a list of House Republicans’ immigration principals, Boehner declared on February 6, 2014 that his caucus is unlikely to move forward until President Obama gains their trust regarding his administration’s enforcement of immigration laws. This effectively means that most likely no comprehensive immigration bill will be introduced to the House of Representatives until the midterm election in November 2014.

In the meantime, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and House Judicial Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) are drafting bills with regard to young undocumented immigrants and visas for low-skilled foreign workers. The bills are expected to be introduced in the spring. Other House Republicans, including Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), are working on legislation that focuses on border security and provides a pathway to legal status to the undocumented immigrants currently in this country