Steven Dennis
rollcall.com
March 4, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner strongly defended his immigration principles released in January against charges from conservative Republicans that they amount to “amnesty.”

“Some want to call it amnesty,” the Ohio Republican told the Cincinnati Enquirer in a wide-ranging, hourlong interview. “I reject that premise … If you come in and plead guilty and pay a fine, that’s not amnesty,” he said.

Boehner reiterated his desire to pass an immigration overhaul, and the paper characterized his position as “a key area of agreement” between the speaker and President Barack Obama at their White House meeting last week.

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