But once again, it did not, and Boehner later explained why:
If Boehner had simply allowed a House vote on that Senate bill, it probably would have passed, setting a whole range of changes in motion. Today the Border Patrol would be on its way to doubling in size, from 19,000 to 38,000 officers. Some 700 miles of additional border fencing would be under construction, installation of billions of dollars in high-tech surveillance technology would be underway, and after hundreds of millions in upgrades, the E-Verify system would be robust enough to make its use mandatory for any business hiring a new employee.
And yes, millions of illegal immigrants would also have a pathway to legalized status by now, which at the end of the day is the only rational, pragmatic outcome to all this. But the issue would be behind us, the price would have been paid, and that demagogue would have been deprived of the highly emotional issue with which he is now tearing the Republican Party apart.
Speaker Boehner, this is on you.