House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, knows America’s immigration system is in need of repair, but it takes a back seat to fixing the nation’s fiscal problems.
In a recent “Face the Nation” interview, Boehner admitted that the legal immigration system is “broken.”
"We have a problem with 11 million people who are here without documents - 40 percent of them, by the way, came here as legal immigrants. So we've got a very big problem."
The Senate passed a sweeping immigration bill in early July that would would significantly increase the size of the country's labor force and lead to net savings of $135 billion over the next decade, according to Reuters.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Boehner promised to tackle immigration in “chunks,” taking a gradual, “step-by-step” approach to overhauling the immigration system. Click here to read more or see the full interview in the video above.
Politco warns that August will likely become “a storm of dueling town halls, rallies and lobbying efforts on both sides, so how lawmakers handle the next two weeks will be critical.”
The odds are staking up against the likelihood of Congress passing an immigration reform this year, with some sources citing a 1-in-3 change that legislation that includes a path to citizen for illegal immigrations will be enacted in 2014, according to the Weekly Standard. Read more here.
Many in agriculture see immigration reform as critical for the industry, leading Kenneth Dierschke, President of the Texas Farm Bureau, to call immigration the "poster case for the dysfunction that grips our federal government."