Deirdre Shesgreen reports:
WASHINGTON — Cincinnati-area lawmakers aren’t falling into line behind House Speaker John Boehner’s immigration reform proposal, with some saying they’re uneasy about key elements and not convinced the GOP should make immigration a priority for 2014.
Boehner conceded on Thursday that it would be tough to move immigration legislation in the House this year.
But he blamed the Obama administration, not the lack of consensus in his own ranks.
“I’ve never underestimated the difficulty in moving forward this year,” he told reporters at his weekly news conference. “The American people, including many of my members, don’t trust that the reform that we’re talking about will be implemented as intended to be.”
Immigration could emerge as another issue in which the West Chester Republican finds himself diverging from his congressional neighbors.
Boehner unveiled the immigration outline – what he and other GOP leaders have cast as a “statement of principles,” not a legislative proposal – at a House Republican retreat last weekend. The plan calls for strengthening border security, implementing an employment verification system to check workers’ legal status, and making sure the visa program meets the needs of U.S. employers.