Obama: At Least 50-50 Chance House Acts on Immigration Next Month
As thousands of illegal immigrant children are overwhelming border states, President Barack Obama reportedly told pro-amnesty nurses on Monday that there is a 50-50 chance the House acts on amnesty legislation next month.
According to the Associated Press, Obama "met at the White House Monday with a group of nurses to discuss" immigration. Alvin Vitung, a nurse from California who attended the event, said Obama "told them he thought there was a 50-50 chance of House action in the next month — perhaps higher if they kept up their advocacy."
As Breitbart News has reported, House Republicans like Reps. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), and Mario Diaz Balart (R-FL) have been gauging support for an immigration bill. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has reportedly said he was hell-bent on passing amnesty legislation this year, and Valerie Jarrett, who is Obama's adviser and confidant, said that the White House had a "commitment from" Boehner to act on amnesty legislation by August before she walked those comments back. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has said there could be legislation by "June or July," while other House Republicans leaders like Conference Chair Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) have been aiming for an August date.
Meanwhile, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), who has been sending out deceptive anti-amnesty mailers to cloud his position on the issue while his primary opponent Dave Brat has been surging in the polls before Tuesday's primary, indicated on Friday that he would be willing to work with Obama to give amnesty to illegal immigrant children.
As Breitbart News reported, that is exactly the point the anti-Cantor and anti-amnesty We Deserve Better PAC made last week while trying to set the record straight with a 30-second spot that highlighted Cantor's support for amnesty. The PAC "argued that Cantor and Obama's next big deal will be to give 'amnesty and citizenship' to illegal immigrants."
Chatter from Washington about amnesty legislation may be compelling illegal immigrant youth to pour into the country. As Breitbart Texas first reported, illegal immigrants are being warehoused in Texas and being sent to neighboring states like Arizona and Oklahoma.
Obama recently instructed Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to delay the administration's deportation review to give Congress a chance to pass amnesty legislation by August. Pro-amnesty advocates like Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) have said that Obama will act alone to ease deportations if Congress does not pass legislation this summer.