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The White House on Monday said Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) has confirmed he won't hold a vote this year on the immigration overhaul bill that passed in the Senate last summer with resounding bipartisan support.
We've heard immigration reform's eulogy time and again over the past year, but this is the most definitive proof yet that the legislation is indeed going nowhere. And truly, the outcome wasn't too surprising given the House GOP's fervent objections to the bill and lawmakers' aversion to doing anything remotely controversial in an election year.
The news came one day after President Obama requested $2 billion to beef up the nation's border security and speed up the deportation process. The White House said in lieu of an immigration bill, Obama would take some executive actions to deal with the issue on his own.- -
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