Two children of immigrants Wednesday morning confronted House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) while he was eating at Pete’s Diner, his favorite Capitol Hill breakfast spot.
Carmen Lima and Jennifer Martinez, activists with the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, asked Boehner to push for a vote on immigration reform in the House.
Boehner assured the two girls that he was still working to push immigration reform through.
“I’m trying to find some way to get this thing done,” he said. “It’s, as you know, not easy — not going to be an easy path forward. But, I’ve made it clear since the day after the election that it’s time to get this done.”
Lima, whose father is an illegal immigrant who could be deprted, told Boehner her story.
“How would you feel if you had to tell your kids at the age of 10 that you were never coming home?” she asked.
“That wouldn’t be good,” Boehner responded.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) responded Wednesday to Boehner’s comment that passing immigration reform is not easy.
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) November 13, 2013
Boehner told reporters in a press conference Wednesday that the House would not be taking up the Senate immigration reform bill.
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