Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) speaks to the press after a Republican conference meeting on November 13, 2013 in Washington, DC.
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Teenagers confront Boehner on immigration reform


House Speaker John Boehner doesn’t seem to want to budge on his refusal to take up comprehensive immigration reform this year–despite getting a stern talking to from two teenagers over breakfast.

In a video released by the organization Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM,) two girls identified as 13-year-old Carmen Lima and 16-year-old Jennifer Martinez are shown confronting the GOPer while he was eating Wednesday morning at a local restaurant.

Boehner, caught off guard, was asked by Lima: “How would you feel if you had to tell your kids at the age of 10 that you were never coming home?”

“That wouldn’t be good,” he responded.

As the girls continued to press him, Boehner appeared visibly annoyed and tried to keep eating while they spoke. He told them that he was “trying to find some way to get this thing done,” and that it’s “not going to be an easy path forward.”

Later in a press conference with some older journalists, Boehner maintained his hard line.

“The idea that we’re going to take up a 1,300 page bill that nobody has ever read, which is what the Senate did is not going to happen,” said the speaker. “We have no intention of ever going to conference on the Senate bill.”

MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts, 11/13/13, 12:14 PM ET

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