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Boehner Interview Shows That GOP Still Doesn’t Get It

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Over the weekend, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) appeared for the first time on Univision’s Al Punto – the Spanish language equivalent of Meet the Press. His interview followed President Obama.

So what did Boehner have to say?

When asked whether he would “consider” supporting legalization of the undocumented workforce, Boehner said:

We’re a nation of laws, and enforcing the law has to be the first step in this process. There is a way to allow [undocumented immigrants] to continue to work in the United States for a temporary period of time. And if they want to become citizens, they need to do what everybody else in the world does, and that’s apply for their home countries.


There should be ramped up enforcement, presumably the kind that is terrifying and dividing immigrant families already, followed by some sort of a temporary work permit, presumably with second class labor, civil, and political rights. Then, these workers should leave the country to get in line to apply for permanent resident status, despite the fact that the entire viewing audience knows that the primary cause of illegal immigration is that there simply is no “line” to get into, whether in the country of origin or here in the United States.