Comprehensive immigration reform passed the Senate in June, but there still is little indication when or if the House of Representatives will consider it. It's ridiculous, because if House Speaker John Boehner simply let a version of the Senate bill come to the floor, it would pass with votes to spare.
It's assumed Boehner wouldn't do such a thing for fear of angering tea party voters and the right-wing groups that adamantly oppose a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, which they derisively call amnesty. But what Boehner himself said last week, after a bipartisan budget agreement was reached, eliminates that excuse for blocking reform. There's no reason not to bring the badly needed bill, or a version of it, to the House floor in the new year.
Referring to the right-wing groups that opposed the budget before they'd seen it, Boehner said: "They're using our members and they're using the American people for their own goals. This is ridiculous." Visibly angry, he went on to say: "Frankly, I just think that they have lost all credibility."