House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerFreedom Caucus leader: Despite changes, healthcare bill doesn't have the votes Debt ceiling returns, creating new headache for GOP Letters: Congress, raise the debt limit now MORE (R-Ohio) said last week in an interview with ABC News that the House would look to pass "comprehensive" immigration reform.
“It’s an important issue that I think ought to be dealt with. This issue has been around far too long,” BoehnerJohn BoehnerFreedom Caucus leader: Despite changes, healthcare bill doesn't have the votes Debt ceiling returns, creating new headache for GOP Letters: Congress, raise the debt limit now MORE said. “While I believe it’s important for us to secure our borders and to enforce our laws, I think a comprehensive approach is long overdue, and I’m confident that the president, myself, others, can find the common ground to take care of this issue once and for all.”
And a top Hispanic surrogate to the Romney campaign suggested Wednesday that an extreme immigration position had mortally wounded the GOP nominee's presidential campaign. President Obama won Hispanic voters 71 percent to 27, according to exit polls.
“The primary process has been taken over by the extremes,” said former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez. “The process forced Gov. Romney to be on the extreme right during the primaries and then in the general he had to work his way back to the center. The primaries gave the opposition so many talking points to use against Gov. Romney.”
According to progressive leaders who met with President Obama on Tuesday, the president also looks primed to tackle immigration reform.
"I've been in a number of meetings with him on this topic, it's been pretty rough, but this one, the passion, intensity, seriousness — I was pretty struck," one attendee told the Huffington Post. "If there's one thing he was crystal-clear he was going to get done in 2013 ... it was immigration reform. He was going to lean into it; he was sure Republicans were going to come to the table. It was sort of what he's said before, but with huge conviction."