Reid: Tea Party ‘Spooked’ Boehner from Immigration Reform ‘Into Cowering in a Corner’
Liberals don’t want the border secured as this would block all their new dependents.
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The Tea Party “spooked” House Speaker John Boehner “into cowering in a corner” to avoid taking on immigration reform, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid charges.
“Our broken immigration system is one of the biggest challenges we face as a nation and Speaker Boehner knows that addressing it is the right thing to do, yet the Tea Party spooked him into cowering in a corner,” Reid said in a statement. “Instead of working with Democrats to forge bipartisan solutions, Speaker Boehner has sunk to suing the President and wasting taxpayer money in a transparent attempt to appease the Tea Party.”
On Monday, President Obama announced that, given congressional intransigence, he would be taking administrative action on immigration reform “on my own, without Congress.”
Obama also pointed to the Tea Party as a pressure point that deterred House Republicans from moving on immigration reform.
“Our country and our economy would be stronger today if House Republicans had allowed a simple yes-or-no vote on this bill or, for that matter, any bill. They’d be following the will of the majority of the American people who support reform,” Obama said in his Rose Garden announcement. “Instead, they’ve proven again and again that they’re unwilling to stand up to the tea party in order to do what’s best for the country. And the worst part about it is a bunch of them know better.”