WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) looks likely to try to move immigration reform through the House in a few separate bills, rather than in one comprehensive piece of legislation, two sources have told The Huffington Post.
A piece-by-piece approach is favored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), whose committee is the point of origin in the House for any immigration bill. Goodlatte is expected to begin moving isolated pieces of legislation in the coming days.
Boehner wants to defer to Goodlatte, a source familiar with Boehner’s thinking said, largely out of respect for the widely felt animus among House Republicans against any attempt to pass a “comprehensive” immigration bill.
“Big comprehensive bills have become a challenge in this environment,” said the source, who requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue.
Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck confirmed that the speaker wants to allow Goodlatte to drive the process, but cautioned that “no decisions have been made” as to how to proceed.
As fragile as the immigration effort is in the Senate, it faces an even more difficult path in the Republican-controlled House, home to many lawmakers who are either uncomfortable with or opposed to anything that smacks of “amnesty” for undocumented immigrants.
I can see the House passing border security and e-verify and balking on the substantive issues.