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House conservatives: 'Overwhelming support for doing nothing' on immigration

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Several influential conservative Republicans on Wednesday put House Speaker John Boehner and other GOP leaders on notice that immigration reform legislation is dead because they don't trust President Obama to honestly implement any new legislation they might pass.

“Until we have that trust, there will be no immigration reform,” said Rep. Raúl Labrador, an Idaho Republican who backs reform including helping the 11 million illegals in the United States to stay.

Labrador said that it was a mistake for the GOP to get caught in a pre-election fight on the issue before the president can prove he will enforce current immigration laws and the GOP wins the Senate so that the party can offer a united front.

“The problem we have is really a problem of trust with this administration,” he said. “The president has lied and lied.”

Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, who joined several conservatives at a luncheon media roundtable sponsored by the Heritage Foundation, said, “it's tough to work with this president.”

Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp added that his constituents told him over the weekend that they are “worried that if Washington does something, it won't be good.” The reason, he said, “we don't have a partner in this White House.”

Texas Rep. Joe Barton, said that movement or not, the GOP needs to begin a dialogue with Hispanics. He also touched on the confusion over what Boehner offered at last weekend’s party retreat, explaining that it did not include amnesty. But, he conceded, “this is not an issue for prime time, to move legislatively.”

Labrador added that some of the reporting from the retreat in Cambridge, Md., suggesting that there was support for Boehner’s immigration principles was inaccurate. Instead, he saw “overwhelming support for doing nothing.”

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.