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Boehner suggests getting Rubio's Dream Act through House would be 'difficult at best'



House Speaker John Boehner does not provide much optimism for Sen. Marco Rubio's Dream Act alternative.

"Well, there's always hope," Boehner said during a news conference today. "I did talk to Senator Rubio about his idea and he gave me some particulars about how this would work. I found it of interest. But the problem with this issue is that we're operating in a very hostile political environment. And to deal with a very difficult issue like this, I think it would be difficult at best.

"But again, let me ask this question. When the president of the United States runs around the country doing speeches -- he's done a couple of speeches over the last 15 months about immigration. As a matter of fact, over the last three years, he's done a number of speeches about immigration."

Boehner did not define the "hostile political environment" but no doubt it includes members of his party, which may see Rubio's proposal as too lenient. The plan, which has not been released, would provide legal status for children of illegal immigrants but not a path to citizenship. But already some groups like Numbers USA have branded it as "amnesty."

[Last modified: Thursday, April 26, 2012 3:13pm]


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