Pro-Amnesty Boehner Retires

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By Joe Guzzardi

Joe is a CAPS Senior Writing Fellow whose commentaries about California's social issues have run in newspapers throughout California and the country for nearly 30 years. Contact Joe at joeguzzardi@capsweb.org, or find him on Twitter @joeguzzardi19.

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September 26, 2015

Now that House Speak John Boehner has unexpectedly stepped down, the GOP has a chance to redeem itself. Despite an overwhelming mandate from voters in 2014, Republicans have done nothing to warrant the trust voters placed in them to defund President Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty or block Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s confirmation. At her hearing, Lynch said she supported Obama’s amnesty.

John Boehner leaves the building
Boehner announces his retirement.

Boehner was a constant irritant, always posturing that he’d take Obama to the mat on amnesty, but never doing anything. Who can forget Boehner’s revolting mockery of his House colleagues for not falling in line with Obama on comprehensive immigration reform? Watch Boehner degrade House representatives who support enforcement in this video clip.
 
In recent years, Boehner’s immigration record has consistently been miserable. The low point in Boehner’s career as an amnesty advocate came in 2011 when, after the House Judiciary Committee passed mandatory E-Verify, he kept it from coming to the floor for a vote.

The only way to interpret Boehner’s refusal to let the House vote on E-Verify is that he’s indifferent to illegal immigrants holding jobs that unemployed Americans would eagerly fill.
 
While it’s hard to imagine that Boehner’s replacement could be more pro-immigration than he is, the most likely new Speaker, Kevin McCarthy 
(R-Calif.), is bad, too.

As Majority Leader, McCarthy would seem to have the inside track. But those in the House that expedited Boehner’s departure are not McCarthy fans either. McCarthy’s close relationship with Boehner will work against him, and may open the door for other candidates who are more enforcement-minded, namely Jeb Hensarling, (R-Texas), or Tom Price (R-Ga.).
 
First elected in 1990, Boehner will officially retire from Congress at the end of October. But the furious insider maneuvering to replace him is already well underway.

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