Speaking alongside Diaz-Balart Friday, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., a top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, dismissed the bills passed by her committee so far as ‘‘a series of small-bore, partisan bills that are in some cases bizarre.’’
Boehner declined to say whether there were circumstances under which he could support a pathway to citizenship, but he made clear that securing the border was a priority.
‘‘People have to have confidence that the border is secure before anything else is really going to work. Otherwise, we repeat the mistakes of 1986,’’ he said, referring to the last time Congress overhauled the immigration system.
One option could be to bring up one or more of four narrowly focused immigration bills approved by the Judiciary Committee this week and last, hoping to pass it and use it as a vehicle for House members to enter into negotiations with senators on a merged bill in the fall or winter.
Associated Press writers Donna Cassata and Jim Kuhnhenn contributed to this report.