Congressional GOP leaders urged President Obama to drop his plans to issue an executive amnesty at the White House, prompting an intense back-and-forth between the top leaders of both parties.
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A senior GOP aide with knowledge of the meeting’s events said Boehner and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s message on the issue was “very forceful” — and that Obama seemed taken aback by it. The intense brushback spawned 30 minutes of Obama defending himself on the issue and was a dominant issue in the meeting, the source said.
A second GOP source described Boehner’s message as that not only would executive amnesty erase the possibility of immigration reform, but that it would also likely poison the well for other bipartisan accomplishment. Democrats in the meeting “did not react well” and the subject dominated the meeting after it was broached, the source said.