Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeAuthorizing military force is necessary, but insufficient Republicans jockey for position on immigration McCain, Flake warn against 'politically-motivated penalties' for Canadian defense firm MORE (R-Ariz.) said Friday he is encouraged by Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew Boehner‘Lone wolf’ characterization of mass murderers is the epitome of white privilege Pelosi urges Ryan to create select committee on gun violence Ex-congressman Michael Grimm formally announces bid for old seat MORE's (R-Ohio) efforts on immigration reform.

Flake, a member of the "Gang of Eight" in the Senate, helped steer a comprehensive immigration reform proposal to passage in the upper chamber last year. And he has been increasingly vocal in pushing for immigration reform on social media in the past week.

On Tuesday, Flake applauded former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) for "having the guts" to say that some illegal border crossings are an "act of love” and said he agreed with the former governor.

On Thursday in Ohio, John BoehnerJohn Andrew Boehner‘Lone wolf’ characterization of mass murderers is the epitome of white privilege Pelosi urges Ryan to create select committee on gun violence Ex-congressman Michael Grimm formally announces bid for old seat MORE poked fun at Republicans who do not want to move forward on immigration reform, saying they have chosen the path of least resistance.

"Here's the attitude. 'Ohhhh. Don't make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard,' " Boehner said in a mocking voice. 

House leaders outlined a set of immigration principles earlier this year that planned a path to legalization for immigrants living in the country illegally. However, leaders have opposed taking up the comprehensive Senate bill and have argued for a more piecemeal approach.