Mr Boehner blamed the inaction on skepticism that US President, Barack Obama would properly enforce such reforms.
The Democratic President has made immigration a top domestic priority.
Mr Boehner’s comments came one week after his party announced broad new immigration principles.
The White House responded to Mr Boehner’s comments, saying they “don’t have anything to do with the President” and “the challenges within the Republican Party on this issue are well-known”.
Republicans have recently made a concerted effort to appeal to the swiftly growing bloc of Hispanic voters, who have largely voted democrats in recent years.