From NBC's Betsy Cline
For once, House Republican Leader John Boehner agreed today with President Obama
On immigration reform, the House minority leader said it's not going to happen anytime soon.
"There is not a chance that immigration is going to move through the Congress," Boehner told reporters. "Even the President last night admitted that this wasn't going to happen."
Boehner was referring to President Obama's comments last night aboard Air Force One that he doubted Congress had the "appetite" for a tough fight over immigration this year before an election.
Though Boehner wants to see an immigration-reform bill move through Congress, he said, he doesn't believe this is the right time.
"You can't do immigration reform in the middle of a boiling political pot here in Washington, DC," Boehner said. "And secondly, you can't do it without serious bipartisan conversations." He told reporters Americans are more interested in jobs and the economy.
In his weekly press conference on Monday, Boehner commented on the newly passed, controversial Arizona immigration law, which some in his party have denounced.
"I think the people of Arizona have a right to pass their laws under the 10th Amendment," he said, but, he added, "I think it's clearly a result of the federal government's failure to secure our border and enforce our laws."
*** UPDATE *** The White House, responding to the post, tells First Read: "The President was explaining the context, he wasn't saying not any time soon," writes Luis Miranda, director of Hispanic media. He points out that the president also said, "That's why I've called for comprehensive immigration reform, and I want that to proceed, and I want it to be done on a bipartisan basis."
We noted this morning that President Obama said, per AP, aboard Air Force One that on immigration, "he didn't want to force an immigration bill through Congress 'just for the sake of politics,'" AP wrote. Obama added, "We've gone though a very tough year and I've been working Congress very hard, so I know there may not be an appetite immediately to dive into another controversial issue."