House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said that the Senate immigration bill has a likely chance of being signed into law by President Obama by the end of the year, during an interview on ABC News with George Stephanopoulos that aired on Tuesday. Boehner gave his support for immigration reform, but did not rule out bringing a bill to the floor that does not have the support of a majority of the House Republican caucus. He did indicate that the Senate bill does not go far enough to secure the border and deferred to the House when asked about his position for the inclusion of a path to citizenship.
Hours before Senate members will cast their first votes to bring the immigration bill to the floor, Boehner indicated that he would not be responsible for the outcome of immigration reform and pointed to the direction that House Republicans would take since “it’s about what the House wants…we’re going to let the House work its will.” House Republicans have been adamant about presenting a piecemeal approach that toughens border security measures and does not include legalization.
As it stands, the Senate bill would enforce a biometric exit system that would strengthen internal enforcement since the system would likely be able to track visa overstays. Currently, 40 percent of undocumented immigrants make up the visa overstay population. Additionally the border is secure since there are “more ‘boots on the ground‘ at the border than there have ever been in history” and undocumented migrant crossings have remained at a net zero.