But Boehner is in a legitimately difficult position, since there are of course a lot of different viewpoints, ranging from totally batshit extremist to merely far-right, among the House Republicans he's supposed to shepherd into passing something. And following the big Republican post-election strategy of keeping the same old positions but just trying to sound a little less hostile about it is a challenge when you've got, for instance, this from Iowa's Steve King:
“Anything that might happen to try to bring together rule of law Americans with those who are advocating for pathway to citizenship for people who have broken immigration laws disregards fact the president of the United States refuses to enforce the law,” King said. “Anything you get for a promise from him has to be delivered in advance. He defies the Constitution and rule of law.”That'll win over Latino voters! Meanwhile, Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador (who is Puerto Rican):
... said he supports the principles that the Senate laid out, but flatly said “creating a new pathway” to citizenship for undocumented workers “is not a good idea.” It would encourage more illegal immigration, he said.No, I'm pretty sure that's a policy victory as well as a political one. It's just a policy you disagree with. And if you are totally opposed to one of the key pieces of what the Senate framework proposes, then you actually don't support its principles.
Asked if he was flexible, Labrador said: “The question that is more appropriate is how flexible are they? We’ve gone a bit to their side. If they’re unwilling to be flexible on that issue, they want political victory not policy victory.”
So basically, whatever immigration bill House Republicans end up with, by the time it comes to a vote, they'll have managed to alienate Latino voters even more completely than they already have.