WASHINGTON, DC – At his weekly press briefing today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) reiterated that immigration reform must “be grounded in real border security,” and have the support of the Republican majority to pass in the House. Following are Speaker Boehner’s remarks:
“Finally, weeks ago, I – along with the Leader, and the Whip, and Chairman Goodlatte – issued a statement that I thought was pretty clear. But apparently, some haven’t gotten the message.
“The House is not going to take up and vote on whatever the Senate passes. We’re going to do our own bill, through regular order, and it’ll be legislation that reflects the will of our majority and the will of the American people. For any legislation – including a conference report – to pass the House, it’s going to have to be a bill that has the support of a majority of our members.
“Listen, immigration reform has to be grounded in real border security. That’s what the American people believe, and it’s a principle that our majority believes in as well. Chairman McCaul’s done a good job passing a border security bill. Chairman Goodlatte is doing good work over in the Judiciary Committee.
“And if immigration reform is going to work, it’s essential that the American people have the confidence that it’s being done correctly. That’s how the House will approach this issue.”