Sen. Mike Lee: Tackle Immigration Reform 'Step by Step'

Image: Sen. Mike Lee: Tackle Immigration Reform 'Step by Step'

Monday, 28 Apr 2014 10:06 AM

By Wanda Carruthers

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Congress should tackle immigration reform "step by step," rather than through the Senate's "Gang of Eight" comprehensive approach, Sen. Mike Lee said Monday.

Immigration reform stalled in the House since the passage of the Senate's bipartisan "Gang of Eight" bill in 2012. Conservative House members have voiced concern about passing a comprehensive plan of reforms without first securing U.S. borders.

House Speaker John Boehner criticized conservative members opposing reforms in a speech to an Ohio Rotary Club on April 24. He offered a sarcastic rebuke of opponents of immigration reform, and described lawmakers as shying away from a vote on it because it was "too hard."

Lee told "Fox & Friends" he thought many members of the House would support a plan that addressed reforms in separate components.

"I think most members of [Boehner's] Republican conference in the House would be willing, and, in fact, eager to pass some sort of immigration reform. But, it needs to be broken up. It needs to be taken step by step. One step at a time," the Utah Republican said.

The reason why some Republicans in the House opposed the plan supported by Boehner, an Ohio Republican, was because they felt the speaker was trying to tell them how to vote, Lee said.

"They're being told, 'Look, you've got to pass all of this Gang of Eight immigration bill, all 1,200 pages of it, or you've got to pass nothing.' People don't like to be told that, because it's not a good way to go," he said.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Leaked Campaign Memo Exposes Michelle Nunn's Weaknesses

Monday, 28 Jul 2014 23:04 PM

Democrat Michelle Nunn's run for the Georgia Senate seat being vacated by retiring Republican Saxby Chambliss suffered a . . .

WaPo's Cillizza: Obama's Incompetence Will Hurt Midterm Dems

Monday, 28 Jul 2014 21:39 PM

President Barack Obama is facing a problem with public confidence in his abilities, but Democrats seeking midterm re-ele . . .

Leahy to Propose Strong Curbs on NSA Phone Data Collection

Monday, 28 Jul 2014 19:21 PM

A new Senate proposal to curb the government's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records and increase transparency . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved