Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidSuper-PAC targets Portman on trade Dem leader urges compromise on FCC set-top box plan Senate Dems introduce Iran sanctions extension MORE (D-Nev.) said Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerConservative allies on opposite sides in GOP primary fight Clinton maps out first 100 days The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Ohio) will “cave in” on immigration reform, expressing confidence that a proposal would pass the House sometime next year.
Reid on Tuesday said Republicans would sign onto a deal if they ever want to see a GOP president again.
Reid argued many GOP House members do not care about immigration reform because they “don’t have a lot of people of color in their congressional district.” But he said there is a portion of the party that does care.
“I think there’s going to be so much pressure on the House that they’ll have to pass it,” he said.
Reid described the issue as one that is not going away.
“It’s here,” he said. “We have 11 million people here who are not going to be sent back to their country of origin. They can’t do that. They can’t do it fiscally. They can’t do it physically. It’s nearly impossible.”
The Senate passed a comprehensive immigration bill earlier this year, but it has stalled in the Republican-led House.
Boehner said late last month (see video below) immigration reform is “absolutely not” dead, but he prefers a piecemeal approach, arguing the public is weary of large bills.
President Obama and other Democrats have expressed openness to a step-by-step approach, as long as it adds up to a comprehensive plan in the end.