"If they want to chop that thing up into five pieces, as long as all five pieces get done."
Some conservatives were reassured when Boehner made it clear that the Senate illegal alien amnesty bill wasn't going to happen. They shouldn't have been.
There were premature celebrations of amnesty's death when Rubio announced that he was going to support piecemeal amnesty bills over his own Senate bill. As should have been obvious, the amnesty crowd wasn't giving in.
Now Obama has made it official by endorsing piecemeal amnesty. That means piecemeal amnesty is where it's at.
Barack Obama said Tuesday he would accept a piecemeal approach to overhauling the immigration system, a move aimed at jump-starting a moribund process that reflects the realities of a divided Congress.
Mr. Obama has long favored the sweeping immigration bill that passed the Senate in June, but the House has made clear it wouldn't consider that measure. In a wide-ranging interview before business executives at The Wall Street Journal CEO Council, the president said he is amenable to House Republicans' taking up elements of the Senate bill, as long as the end result is the same.
"If they want to chop that thing up into five pieces, as long as all five pieces get done, I don't care what it looks like," Mr. Obama said. "What we don't want to do is simply carve out one piece of it…but leave behind some of the tougher stuff that still needs to get done."
So we're back to Square One with Republican amnesty advocates having settled on a new way to try and sneak amnesty by their own voters.
John Boehner is already excited at the idea of reviving amnesty.
House Speaker John Boehner insisted Thursday that immigration reform was "absolutely not" dead – just a little over a week after declaring he had "no intention" of negotiating with the Democratic led Senate over its comprehensive immigration proposal.
Boehner told reporters at his weekly press conference he was "encouraged" by President Barack Obama's comments earlier this week saying he was open to the House GOP's plans to address immigration reforms in a series of smaller bills.
The big issue is the pathway to citizenship. For Republican business groups, it's about legalizing cheap labor. For the Dems, it's about 12 million new voters and welfare recipients.
The Chamber of Commerce might accept legalization short of citizenship (though it would likely end up leading to citizenship anyway as the European guest worker example shows. Once you legalize people temporarily, it becomes harder to deny them permanent residency and then citizenship). But the Dems won't.
So any piecemeal amnesty approach can dress it up in border security, which was the original disguise for amnesty, but sooner or later it's going to have to deliver a pathway to citizenship or be turned down by the Senate and Obama.