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Rich Lowry: Boehner Remark Not Last Word on Immigration Reform

By Bill Hoffmann   |   Thursday, 06 Feb 2014 04:04 PM

Don't necessarily believe House Speaker John Boehner's suggestion that immigration reform in 2014 is unlikely because of the GOP's lack of trust toward President Barack Obama, National Review editor Rich Lowry says.

"He's right that the president can't be trusted," Lowry told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"[But] I will not believe that … so-called immigration reform is dead for this year until it has a stake through its heart and is buried 12 or 18 feet under."

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On Thursday, Boehner told reporters: "There's widespread doubt about whether this administration can be trusted to enforce our laws, and it's going to be difficult to move any immigration legislation until that changes."

But Lowry believes there are other forces pushing reform forward.

"There's so much pressure from business interests to get this done," he said.

"I hope he's right that it's unlikely it's going to happen and it's not going to happen, but – eternal vigilance should be the word here."

On Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell dismissed immigration reform prospects, saying there was an "irresolvable conflict" between the Senate's comprehensive approach and the piece-by-piece plan sought by the GOP.


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