• Speaker Boehner flubs immigration answer just weeks before Obama’s mass amnesty

    Asked a softball question about immigration reform before a friendly audience yesterday at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, Speaker John Boehner answered in a way that was at least ill-considered, and in fact was downright alarming.

    As the Hill reported:

    It wasn’t part of the jobs message he planned to pitch, but Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that immigration reform would help boost the economy.

    “Immigration reform will help our economy, but you’ve got to secure the border first,” the Ohio Republican said after a speech at the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute. “We’ve got a mess and everyone knows we’ve got a mess.

    “Our legal system is broken, our border isn’t secure, and we’ve got the problem of those who are here without documents,” the Speaker continued. “It needs to be fixed. We’re a nation of immigrants, the sooner we do it, the better off the country would be.” [Watch the video.]

    GOP Speaker euphemistically refers to illegal immigrants as “those who are here without documents”

    It was stunning to hear a GOP Speaker, just days before early voting begins nationwide and with the US Senate hanging in the balance, to talk about immigration without denouncing the unpopular President’s promise of mass amnesty once the polls close. What’s more, saying “the sooner we do it, the better off the country would be” comes awfully close to an endorsement of the President’s promised unlawful unilateral amnesty.

    Even his more general point, that “immigration reform will help our economy,” is suspect, since many of the leading “reforms” proposed would be devastating to American workers and taxpayers.

    The Speaker’s speech included some strong points, notably in support of domestic energy production. But from flubbing the immigration question to saying nothing about Obamacare, the Speaker comes off as oblivious that votes are starting to be cast in an important national election.

    Absentee voting begins in Virginia, for example, TOMORROW.

    The American people oppose the Democrats’ open borders and mass amnesty policies. How GOP leaders feel about those policies is harder to discern.