Boehner hits the brakes on immigration reform

And all it took was a semi-credible primary challenger! Guys like Boehner love their jobs more than they love America.

But if he’s serious, this is indeed Very Good News.

House Speaker John Boehner hit the brakes on immigration legislation on Thursday, saying it will be “difficult” to move any bill in the current climate — comments that signal a rough road ahead for one of President Obama’s top 2014 priorities.

Obama had urged Congress to pass immigration reform during his State of the Union address last week. A glimmer of common ground appeared days later when, during the House Republican retreat, GOP leaders issued guidelines for what they would accept in a comprehensive immigration overhaul. The guidelines included a path to legal status for some illegal immigrants.

But Boehner, under pressure from conservative rank-and-file members to slow things down, said Thursday that lawmakers remain concerned about the administration’s willingness to enforce immigration law.

“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,” Boehner said.

There’s also widespread doubt about whether John Boehner can be trusted to keep his word. So we’ll be holding your feet to the fire John. Don’t let us down.

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