Boehner held a press conference after Senate passage to reiterate his intention to bring a bill to the floor only that is supported by a "majority of the majority," something he had said weeks before but that worried conservatives who noted he had refused to apply the same mandate to a conference report when asked specifically by a reporter.
Conventional wisdom holds that opposition to reform is based solely upon the need to secure the border first and to provide legal citizenship later. But legalization itself — forgiveness for law breaking — is still a primary complaint of the conservative groups congressional Republicans hear from the most.
House Republicans say they can't pass a path to citizenship. So the piecemeal approach favored by most of the House GOP conference means the House will pass immigration reform, but a law seems unlikely.
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