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Boehner Defers to Conference on Immigration

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Speaker John A. Boehner sounds as non-committal as ever on an immigration overhaul.  

Asked whether he would commit to addressing immigration, Boehner made it clear he was deferring to his Republican conference. He said Republicans would be discussing that topic on Thursday at their annual retreat, where they would "outline our standards, principles of immigration reform and have a conversation with our members."  

The Ohio Republican said once GOP leadership had talked with its members, leaders would have a "better idea of how to move forward."  

That might prove difficult, given that House Republicans are all over the map on immigration .  

Boehner is expected to lay out some broad principles of an immigration overhaul, but none of those principles are considered sacred.  

The retreat to Cambridge, Md., has long held much of the fate of immigration legislation. But in advance of the retreat, Boehner has sounded less and less resolute in producing legislation to address immigration.