The signs of life for a revitalized push for an immigration overhaul are suddenly popping up everywhere:
, telling Fox News on Monday that “most members” of the Republican Conference in the House are actually “eager to pass some sort of immigration reform.” The Utah Republican, one of the most visible spokesmen of the tea-party-wing of the party, cautioned that immigration legislation “needs to be broken up. It needs to be taken step by step. One step at a time.”
Cathy McMorris Rodgers
of Washington, the fourth-ranked Republican in the House and the highest-ranked woman in the conference,
told her local newspaper on April 24
that she thinks an immigration deal can be struck this year. “I believe there is a path that we get a bill on the floor by August,” she told the paper. “We’re going to have to push that this is a legal status, not amnesty.”
, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, jumped on McMorris Rodgers’ comments. “It’s important to recognize the statement of House GOP Chair
Cathy McMorris Rodgers
joining those in support of a vote in the House to fix our broken immigration system,” he said Monday in a statement. “The more time Members of Congress spend with their constituents, the more they come to realize how truly important immigration reform is. . . . The time to vote is now.”
The speaker himself doubled down on his off-the-record comments with more controversial remarks delivered last week
at a Rotary Club luncheon
in Ohio, in which he openly mocked opponents of action on immigration. “Here’s the attitude. ‘Ohhhh. Don’t make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard,’” Boehner told a gathering of Rotarians at Brown’s Run Country Club in Madison Township.
Galen Carey, vice president of government relations for the National Association of Evangelicals,
told the Christian Post
last week that members of the speaker’s staff have assured him there would be an opportunity to take up immigration in June and July. Carey is part of a collection of more than 200 evangelicals from 25 states who plan a pro-immigration reform meeting in Washington on Tuesday.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.