(Associated Press) House Speaker John Boehner on Friday said it was time to address immigration policy and urged President Barack Obama to take the lead in coming up with a plan that would look at both improved enforcement of immigration law and the future of the estimated 11 million people living in the country illegally.
Immigration policy, largely ignored during Obama’s first four years in office, has reemerged as a key issue as Republicans seek ways to rebound from the beating they got from Hispanic voters during the presidential election. More than 70 percent of Hispanic voters supported Obama, who has been more open than Republicans to comprehensive overhaul of immigration laws.
“It’s just time to get the job done,” Boehner said at a news conference. He said lawmakers from both parties want to resolve the issue. “But again, on an issue this big, the president has to lead.”