At his weekly press briefing today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) reiterated that any immigration reform legislation passed by the House must "be grounded in real border security," and pass with broad, bipartisan support to earn the confidence of the American people that it will work. Following are Congressman Boehner's remarks:
"And finally, let me be clear about one thing: America needs to secure our borders and reform our immigration laws. But immigration reform must -- I mean must -- be grounded in real border security. That's what the American people believe, and it's a principle that this House majority will insist upon.
"And I've said for weeks that border security in the Senate bill is not sufficient to solve the problem. This week, the Congressional Budget Office agreed. It found that illegal immigration would only drop by 25 percent under the Senate plan. And I'll just tell you, that will not cut it.
"Now, in my view, anything as far-reaching, as complex, and as permanent as immigration reform should not be enacted without broad bipartisan support. Every day as Obamacare is being implemented, Americans are reminded of what happens when you have big legislation rammed through Congress with minimum support. Americans' confidence in their government is near an all-time low.
"So if immigration reform is going to work, it's essential that we have the confidence of the American people and that it's done the right way. First and foremost, that means confidence that our borders are secure; confidence that those who came here illegally are not given special treatment; confidence that hardworking taxpayers are being respected; and confidence that a majority of both parties have had their say and support the final product."