Boehner backs bipartisan action on immigration reform

Washington, Mar 19 (EFE).- House Speaker John Boehner gave his support Tuesday for a provisional plan for U.S. immigration reform, to be worked on by a bipartisan group of eight House members.

"Last week the senior leaders met with our four members, who've been meeting with four Democrats now for over four years. And they're essentially in agreement over how to proceed," the Ohio Republican told a press conference.

The provisional plan of the bipartisan group is "a pretty responsible solution" to the immigration problem in the United States, Boehner said.

The No. 2 Democrat in the House, Steny Hoyer of Maryland, said the lawmakers are close to an agreement and predicted that the group's final bill will be ready "in the near term."

According to Boehner, the work of this group is "just the beginning of the process," given that more than half of the members of the House of Representatives have never been involved in the subject of immigration reform and, consequently, they will need "a lot of education" before any plan can go forward.

Boehner avoided commenting on a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, included in plans already presented by the White House and a group of eight senators from both parties.