On Tuesday, President Obama indicated that he would be receptive to piecemeal immigration reforms. This comes after weeks of declarations that comprehensive immigration reform is dead by members of the House of Representatives including Speaker Boehner.
Speaking to The Wall Street Journal CEO Council, the President said, “If they want to chop that thing up into five pieces, as long as all five pieces get done, I don’t care what it looks like. What we don’t want to do is simply carve out one piece of it…but leave behind some of the tougher stuff that still needs to get done.”
Last week Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., said, “Between now and the election I think the House will take up immigration in a piece-by-piece approach.”
The problem is many Republicans in the House do not want a full fledged path to citizenship in their piecemeal reforms, which is something that President Obama and the Democrats have been advocating for. Earlier in the year, Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, indicated that the House GOP would not support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Labrador has also said that the debate over the debt ceiling and the budget has set back any prospect of dealing with immigration reform in the near future.