According to Houston Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Speaker John Boehner said on Tuesday that an overhaul of immigration laws would have to “wait until next year,” even though Democrats have been driving House Republicans to vote on the immigration reform bill from June.
One news source called Republicans “apprehensive,” claiming that some conservatives want to avoid any legislation that could help undocumented immigrants obtain citizenship.
As January approaches, the likelihood of the bill being passed decreases; however, democrats may view the immigration issue as an election matter if the vote isn’t held by January 2nd. Key lawmakers unsuccessfully tried to release immigration bills in 2013, and said that the chamber needs to work on rewrites in the following year.
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) doesn’t expect an immigration overhaul soon, either. “I don’t see how politically it gets easier down the road,” he told news sources, “It think it gets more difficult.” Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) agreed. “I don’t see the Senate, in 2015, taking this issue back up,” he stated, “The clock ends on Jan. 2 of next year.”
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