Earlier this week, in case you missed it, Speaker of the House John Boehner flat out stated that he was unable to push immigration reform because, essentially, he can’t trust the President to enforce the legislation as it’s written.
Report from the National Journal:
House Speaker John Boehner put a big dent in any remaining hope for immigration reform this year at his Thursday morning presser.
“One of the biggest obstacles we face is the one of trust,” Boehner said. “The American people, including many of my members, don’t trust that the reform that we’re talking about would be implemented as it’s intended to be.”
Saying that President Obama makes changes to the Affordable Care Act “on a whim, whenever he likes,” the speaker said he and his caucus harbor “widespread doubt about whether this administration can be trusted to enforce our laws. And it’s going to be difficult to move any immigration legislation until that changes.”
Boehner makes a valid point, in many regards, since the President has unilaterally decided to change or simply not enforce laws with which his administration disagrees or parts of the health care law which are political obstacles.
That being said, what kind of impasse are we at in American politics when one branch of government says it refuses to function because another branch isn’t following the law?