Boehner Calls Immigration Overhaul ‘Important Project’

Jun 12, 2013 1:10pm

House Speaker John Boehner today once again expressed support to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws, but maintained that the House will consider its own ideas rather than accept outright the Senate’s final product on which the upper chamber began working this week.

The Judiciary committee would “certainly yield a product that we expect to bring to the floor” and the House bipartisan Gang of Seven’s “really good work” would also be incorporated into the lower chamber’s efforts to change the law, Boehner said.

“Reforming our immigration system is an important project of this Congress. We’ve got big problems, and they’ve gone on far too long, and it’s time for us to address them,” Boehner, R-Ohio, said. “This is the wheels of Congress working. [It's] not glamorous, but a lot of people putting a lot of effort in to address a problem in our country, and I’m glad they’re doing it.”

Rep. Xavier Becerra, one of four Democrats in the House Immigration Group, told reporters Tuesday that he believed the group would finish drafting its proposal by the end of next week.

“We feel pretty good that in the next week we can finish our language working with legislative counsel and all the rest to just get a bill out there,” Becerra, D-Calif., said. “It is important that we get it done.”

“With regard to the speaker, I think the speaker sees the same time horizon that most of us do,” he continued. “You really got to work something that’s as important and as difficult as immigration – fixing a broken immigration system – you have to give it time.”

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