House on Immigration, Reps Disagree

Congressman Steve King (R-IA) said it would be a mistake to think the 2012 election was about immigration.

He added the House should not even bring border enforcement up for a vote.

"There’s nothing we can do to make the president enforce a law he doesn’t like," King said by way of explanation.

King and skeptical fellow Republicans point to the administration's decision to delay enforcement of the business mandate in the Affordable Care Act as an example of the president selectively enforcing laws.

Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY), chairman of the DCCC, said that positive statistics on border and immigration enforcement under President Obama speak for themselves.

And he added that the public supports immigration reform.

Israel, speaking in his capacity as chair of the House Democrats' campaign committee, said “we will hold them (Republicans) accountable for denying President Bush, Obama, 68 senators..” on immigration reform.