Boehner’s Resignation Prompts a Moment of Truth

Assistant Director of Communications

September 25, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today House Speaker John Boehner announced that he will resign from Congress, effective Oct. 30.

The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum:

“I have always believed Speaker Boehner’s heart was with us when it came to immigration reform. He is a good man who was saddled with a fractious coalition that stood in the way of any sort of constructive immigration legislation. Yes, we are incredibly frustrated that Speaker Boehner has not been able to move immigration reform forward. But we recognize the exceedingly difficult political environment in which he has served.

“Republicans in Congress now face a moment of truth. In the light of a changing America, House Republicans can elect leadership that provides a conservative, compassionate path forward. Or they can continue down a path of obstruction and polarization that only undermines the nation’s competitiveness and community.

“We need leadership that recognizes the tremendous potential of an immigration process that honors our values and helps all of us succeed. It’s time for Congress to lead the way, beginning with a constructive conversation about how immigrants and immigration are the centerpiece of a thriving America.”