WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has deported more than 1.9 million immigrants. Yet that aggressive enforcement of current law fails to sway several House Republicans who blame distrust of President Barack Obama for GOP reluctance on immigration legislation.
Republicans on Tuesday offered competing views on the prospects for immigration this year. They spoke just days after GOP leaders unveiled principles that call for legalization but not a special path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants living here illegally, and increased border and interior security.
Speaker John Boehner said conversations are continuing and no decision has been made on how to proceed.
Republicans shrugged off the deportation numbers. They pointed to Obama's unilateral changes to health care. Rep. Paul Ryan said the lawlessness of the White House has undercut any congressional confidence.
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