Boehner endorsed ongoing efforts to write a bill dealing with the legal status of children of illegal immigrants. The House Judiciary Committee is slated to hold a hearing on the topic next week before Republicans complete writing a bill on it, according to GOP aides.
Boehner was asked several times whether he foresaw opportunities to work directly with President Obama on an immigration bill, or whether the House would ever adopt the comprehensive approach adopted by the Senate.
"This is a tricky path to do this correctly," he said at one point. "We can’t have real immigration reform if we don’t first secure our borders. Americans will not accept an overhaul of the immigration laws without some real evidence that the borders are secured, and that we have the ability to enforce our laws."
"I want the House to do this in a deliberative way," Boehner added later.
Boehner said he supports those plans because, "this is about basic fairness. You know, these children were brought here of no accord of their own, and frankly they're in a very difficult position. And I think many of our members believe that this issue needs to be addressed."
Congress is expected to consider the debt ceiling sometime this fall.