Van Hollen predicts Boehner will be forced into vote on immigration reform

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will have to bring an immigration reform bill to the House floor, even if it does not have the support of a majority of House Republicans, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said.

If Boehner did bring a bill to the floor without the support of the majority of House Republicans, as he has in the past, he would be defying the informal "Hastert Rule," which says a majority of the majority should support a bill before it to comes up for a vote.

"I think at some point along this road the Speaker is going to have to allow an immigration bill to come to the floor of the House that's not under the so-called Hastert Rule —that just allows the House to work its will," Van Hollen said during an interview with The Wall Street Journal released Friday. 

"I think in this case, on the final immigration reform bill, it's going to have to be left to the whole House and that may mean less than half the Republicans voting for the bill. The question is whether that's on round one through [the] House or whether that's on the rebound after some kind of conference committee."

A day earlier, the Senate Judiciary Committee formally began debating an immigration reform bill introduced by a bipartisan group of eight senators.

Earlier in the week, the Heritage Foundation released a report saying the immigration proposal would cost $6.3 trillion over the next few decades. Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), who is involved in crafting a bipartisan immigration reform proposal in the House, said the report is "based on very faulty information and will not drive this debate because it is so outlandish."

According to Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.), another member of the group working on immigration reform, the House proposal is likely to be introduced by June.

"If you don't see it rolled out by the end of the month, you're not going to see it rolled out. There's just not that much more to be decided," Gutiérrez said.