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Flake on immigration bill delay: ‘I’m disappointed’

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake liked the way immigration reform had been shaping up in the U.S. House of Representatives and he doesn’t want the progress to stop, he said today.

The Republican Senator from Arizona said he wishes the House would “forget about the politics of it, and do the right thing.” He was responding to remarks madeThursday by House Speaker John Boehner, who indicated he doesn’t think immigration reform will pass this year.

“The principles were good. Moving it piecemeal was something we could have worked with,” Flake said of a set of provisions underlying a Republican immigration plan Boehner had unveiled last month. “That was all looking good.”

Boehner’s reasoning for the delay, that too many Republicans don’t trust President Obama to carry out any law properly, doesn’t hold up either, Flake said.

“Most of this law will be implemented by future presidents, and very little of it by this president,” Flake said. “That may be an explanation, but it’s not a good enough reason to stop.”

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