The highly debated landmark immigration reform bill, that would allow millions of undocumented immigrants to become citizens, was passed in the U.S. Senate on Thursday. But a tough path lies ahead in the House of Representatives according to House Speaker.
John Boehner said, “Apparently some haven't gotten the message: the House is not going to take up and vote on whatever the Senate passes.” He continued, “We're going to do our own bill through regular order and move the legislation that reflects the will of our majority and the will of the American people.”
The House Speaker reminded that without Republican support, the law will never come into being, “And for any legislation, including a conference report, to pass the House, it's going to have to be a bill that has the support of the majority of our members.”
Repeating the stance of the Republican Party, Boehner stated that the immigration reform bill must be grounded in “real border security”.
President Barack Obama, on the other hand, praised the bill and said it indeed contained tough border security requirements and “earned citizenship” for about 11 million undocumented residents.
“Today, the Senate did its job. It's now up to the House to do the same,” Obama said in a statement.
Republicans like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann have been quite vocal about their anti-immigration reform stance. Michele Bachmann said in an interview that the Immigration Reform was just another conspiracy against Republicans while Palin posted on Facebook that there would be “holes in the border as big as the holes in the amnesty bill” since the immigration reform bill didn’t have strong provisions for border security and Boehner thinks alike.
You can watch his statement in the video above.