President Barack Obama is calling out John Boehner for not bringing comprehensive immigration reform up for a vote in the House last year.
“It’s very simple: The Republican Speaker of the House, John Boehner, refused to call the bill,” Obama said in response to a question at an immigration town hall hosted by MSNBC’s José Diaz-Balart at Florida International University in Miami. “Had he called the bill, the overwhelming majority of Democrats and a handful of Republicans would have provided a majority in order to get that done.”
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Obama also addressed remarks by Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush last week criticizing the president for overstepping his executive authority on immigration, suggesting that he talk to Boehner.
“I appreciate Mr. Bush being concerned about immigration reform,” Obama said. “I would suggest that what he do is talk to the speaker of the House and the members of his party.”
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh chimed in on Wednesday, saying that Obama and Bush think similarly when it comes to immigration issues.
“I mean, to Jeb and Obama there’s no such thing as an illegal immigrant,” he told listeners, according to a transcript. “They’re just people that want to be Americans, and that’s great. Calling them ‘illegal’ is unkind and it misstates who they are, and it stigmatizes them, and it’s a very, very discriminatory thing to do, plus it’s mean.”
The transcript was posted with the headline: “Do Obama and Jeb share a worldview?”
Limbaugh has not yet endorsed a presidential Republican candidate, but has repeatedly praised possible contender Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, calling him the “blueprint” for a GOP win in 2016.