Is Immigration Reform All But Dead?

Despite the efforts of the Gang of Eight Senate Republicans don’t seem to be in any mood to pass immigration reform in an election year. Now it’s looking like House Speaker John Boehner is having second thoughts. According to The Washington Times he said there won’t be any deal until President Obama starts enforcing the laws. We all know that’s not going to happen.

House Speaker John A. Boehner said Thursday that until President Obama proves he’s serious about enforcing immigration laws, it will be difficult to get a bill through the House this year — dealing a potentially fatal blow to the chances for action in 2014.

“Listen, there’s widespread doubt about whether this administration can be trusted to enforce our laws. And it’s going to be difficult to move any immigration legislation until that changes,” the Ohio Republican told reporters at his weekly press conference.

That came exactly a week after Mr. Boehner had appeared to jump-start the debate by releasing principles for an immigration deal that included granting most illegal immigrants legal status and giving younger illegal immigrants a specific pathway to citizenship.

Who knows, maybe the pressure is getting to Boehner. I certainly hope so.