Friday, May 16, 2014

Boehner v. Jarrett on Immigration

On Thursday, top Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett implied that Speaker John Boehner had made some commitment to the White House on immigration reform, or so it seemed.  According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jarrett said, "I think we have a window this summer, between now and August, to get something done. We have a commitment from Speaker Boehner, who’s very frustrated with his caucus."

But Speaker Boehner's office is pushing back against this claim.  Michael Steel, a Boehner spokesman, offered the following statement:

"Republicans are committed to reforming our immigration system, but as the speaker has said repeatedly, it’s difficult to see how we make progress until the American people have faith that President Obama will enforce the law as written.”

Jarrett now says that the administration has no concrete commitment from the Speaker:

With members of the Obama administration considering executive action to modify existing immigration law and in light of the recent Center for Immigration Studies report that the administration has released thousands of convicted immigrant criminals, some skeptics wonder about how much the administration can be trusted.

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