House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) refused on Sunday to discuss his position on immigration reform. While he stated his belief that immigration is a “serious problem,” he declined to talk about his own feelings regarding the inclusion of a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in the comprehensive immigration reform bill.
In an interview with CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Boehner said that taking a personal stand on the issue of immigration would make the House’s decision more difficult. “It’s not about me, it’s not about what I want,” he said. “This is about allowing the House to work its will.”
“If I come out and say, ‘I’m for this and I’m for that,’ all I’m doing is making my job harder,” he continued. “My job in this process is to facilitate a discussion and to facilitate a process.”
The comprehensive bill, which includes an “amnesty” provision that provides a path to citizenship for the nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, passed in the Senate and has moved to the House for further discussion. Boehner did say that immigration reform would not pass as a comprehensive bill in the House; rather, the House would address chunks of it at a time.
“I’m not going to predict what’s going to be on the floor and what isn’t going to be on the floor,” said Boehner. “And that’s what you’re asking me to do. I can’t do that.”