April 26, 2012
Immigration Resurfaces in
Tough Talk by Speaker
New York Times -- April 26, 2014
Washington -- Speculation about Speaker John A. Boehner's intentions in overhauling the nation's immigration laws intensified Friday after he mocked the most conservative House members for thwarting his attempts to fix the system, shore up the borders and address the legal status of the country's 11 million illegal immigrants.
For Mr. Boehner of Ohio, who expressed his frustrations at a Rotary Club luncheon in Ohio on Thursday, it was the latest in a series of bracing comments that White House officials and activists said could be an indication that he was willing to buck opposition in his own party and move ahead on immigration.
Steven C. LaTourette, a Republican former congressman from Ohio who is close to Mr. Boehner, said the speaker's comments meant he was ready to either push forward on immigration or was preparing for retirement.
Mr. Boehner may have become “finally unchained and has basically had enough of this stuff and is going to be John Boehner again, which would be great for the party and great for the country,” Mr. LaTourette said. “Or this condo he bought down in Florida is going to be occupied sooner than anyone thought.”......