President Barack Obama and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor yesterday discussed the prospects for comprehensive amnesty legislation. And the L.A. Times reported on some of the Administration’s options for further rolling back deportations.

Early on Wednesday, Obama criticized House Republicans for blocking a comprehensive amnesty bill. “Unfortunately, Republicans in the House of Representatives have repeatedly failed to take action, seemingly preferring the status quo of a broken immigration system over meaningful reform,” Obama said. “Instead of advancing common-sense reform and working to fix our immigration system, House Republicans have voted in favor of extreme measures like a punitive amendment to strip protections from ‘Dreamers.’”

The White House claims Obama subsequently called Cantor to wish him a happy Passover, and the topic of immigration reform just happened to come up. But a Cantor aide said immigration was the primary topic of the call and holiday well wishes were an afterthought.

In a statement Cantor said, “The president called me hours after he issued a partisan statement which attacked me and my fellow House Republicans and which indicated no sincere desire to work together. After five years, President Obama still has not learned how to effectively work with Congress to get things done. You do not attack the very people you hope to engage in a serious dialogue.”

The nature of the conversation between Obama and Cantor is unknown, although Cantor’s statement says he told Obama that the Senate legislation is dead on arrival. The statement did not mention Cantor’s behind-the-scenes efforts to pass a Republican version of the DREAM Act amnesty, or his recent admission, after pressure from his primary opponent, that he supports granting amnesty to certain illegal aliens if they enlist in the U.S. military.

Cantor knows that a House-passed DREAM Act or ENLIST Act could be used in the Senate to revive S. 744, the comprehensive amnesty bill. So his statement of outrage could be political cover for his complicity in keeping alive otherwise dead legislation.

Politico reported earlier this week that DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson outlined for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus a timeline for the introduction of short-term enforcement-policy “fixes” and broader executive amnesty changes. The Los Angeles Times reports DHS is considering allowing bond hearings for illegal aliens in prolonged detention. Since immigration courts fast-track the cases of those in incarceration, this policy “fix” could slow the deportation of several thousand illegal aliens.

The Times also reports DHS is considering a re-write of policies that set deportation priorities. Under the so-called Morton memos, ICE Agents are supposed to focus first on deporting illegal aliens with criminal records, those with repeat immigration violations and, for example, those who have entered illegally within the last three years. The proposal would remove repeat violators from the priority list and reduce illegal-entry time from three years to two weeks. Plus it would require Agents to consider whether an illegal alien has close family ties in the United States.

Read more in Politico and the Los Angeles Times.

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Updated: Fri, Apr 18th 2014 @ 1:08pm EDT

Ralph 7980 of CO's picture

I guess mr. Obama and his buddies will finally be happy when they totally destroys our national sovereignty. That seems to be their goal!

Terri 9170 of IL's picture

I don't believe that's ever going to happen. But I think Obama and his minions are too closeted and stupid to realize it's not going to happen. They know they'll never get elected in 2014 and 2016 if they don't give the vote to illegals.
George W. Bush got stupid in the same way during his last two years. Already Democrats won't let Obama come near their districts to campaign. That is the writing on the wall.

Albert 3441 of PA's picture

I doubt that Obama will be able to intimidate the majority of congressional Republicans into a legislative amnesty by threatening an administrative amnesty. If Congress does not agree with a law that the President proposes, they should defeat it. That’s their responsibility. The presidency is not an alternative way to enact laws. A president’s job is to execute the laws that Congress adopts. Executive work-arounds are unacceptable.

Terri 9170 of IL's picture

Let's hope he does this. It's so blatantly unConstitutional there will serious repercussions. He's so unpopular, I doubt he could get away with it.

Mike 1111 of CO's picture

Amnesty won't even work; you'll get more Illegals.

Obama is losing support among Democrats now. Only 191/199 Democrats have signed the Discharge Petition, after more than 3 weeks, and 0 Republicans, too.

The best solution to this mess is NATIONWIDE MANDATORY e-VERIFY. The problem will solve itself.

Then, deport them as fast as we catch them, whatever crimes they are committing. It won't cost us any money that we're not already spending.

Terri 9170 of IL's picture

I seriously could not believe that federal agents were ordered to shoot Americans in cold blood over a piece of land. WORST PRESIDENT EVER

Caroline 7445 of CO's picture

Terri, you read/heard what Reid said: the country can't have Americans breaking the law and getting away with it. What he didn't say: only illegals can do that.

Terri 9170 of IL's picture

Caroline, I've been away from the news the last two days, did not read that. These people are so hypocritical it's unbelievable. They want Americans to obey the laws that will benefit them in some way and disregard others.

I did read that Harry Reid has labeled all the Nevada ranchers "domestic terrorists." No mention of the tyranny he was trying to pull off.

Terri 9170 of IL's picture

Caroline, I've been away from the news the last two days, did not read that. These people are so hypocritical it's unbelievable. They want Americans to obey the laws that will benefit them in some way and disregard others.

I did read that Harry Reid has labeled all the Nevada ranchers "domestic terrorists." No mention of the tyranny he was trying to pull off.

Gene 5798 of TX's picture

Yep, that is what ol' Harry said, called those supporters of Bundy domestic terrorists. But today I saw pictures taken by State Sen. Fiore, the BLM killed two bulls by gunshot to the head, and newborn calves were trampled to death because of overcrowding in the corral. Wou'da thunk that all those people in Wash. wou'da been intelligent 'nuf to hire a few cowboys instead of desk jockeys with ahrens. Dunno, other ranchers I here believe that Bundy has hold of the BLM pullin' downhill. If so, will cost the taxpayers probably millions. Smart in Washington, cain't even take care of animals, oh and if the animal rights people get involved, hmm, better quit 'fore Ah git mahself all worked up agin.

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Bryan 0752 of SC's picture

WOW Unbelievable! Thats back when America was America though! These politicians where dirtbags then but Wow we have a whole new level of Anti American scum now. How come people don't call him out? I have a solution but I know the "NWA" definitely are watching us on here, but someone has to call out these politicians right to there face on national TV! ANTI-AMERICAN SCUM!

GlenR 1973 of WV's picture

If the GOP "leadership" including many GOPers that want to be President continue to support Amnesty and Open Borders they will never win the the Senate much less the White House and will likely lose the the House. Again ask McCain how pushing both worked for him in 08.

Gary 3222 of AL's picture

The issue with Harry Reid is more than a land dispute with the Bundy Family a lot of conserative groups have reported that Reid went to China and returned they want the land for a solar power units just follow the money trail guys.

John 4110 of MI's picture

The amount of chatter in the form of news and opinion pieces by paid and other pro amnesty and immigration increase operatives is very high. This suggests that there is belief that this is an important point in time. Remember that the House leadership is immigration increase and pro amnesty; are they willing to split with other house GOP members and the base?

One group not writing many opinion pieces recently are clerical leaders. Maybe they have seen push back from their anti worker and their anti rule of law positions that arguably stems from their need to fill up pews.

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Roger 8615 of CA's picture

The goverment will allow illegal aliens to roam freely, but will pull guns on American citizens that want their cows to roam freely.

Florence 0183 of NJ's picture

Our govt will turn on us in a second, yet do everything possible to aid, abet, draw up bills to protect these lawless illegals; when it comes to American citizens they turn on us...congress is suppose to be our eyes, ears and voices in their representation of us, instead they choose to look the other way and ignore us and give us no respect by supporting un-American actions of this president! My anger comes easily when I make monthly calls to all of the republican congressmen/women and some of their aides will say to me I should call my LOCAL representative...but I tell them that my voice as a republican should be just as important to whomever as it is to my own local representative. After all, all of our votes count in a major election...AND do they not talk to each other...or do they just listen to the president and do his bidding ...I have never seen our country at this level of degradation...we have a very destructive person in the WH and it bothers me that republicans are slow to act, if they act at all...Obama will do anything underhanded to get this amnesty thru and they know it...Even UK is rethinking the numbers of people freely coming into their country and the EU is speaking out about leaving the EU because they have no sovereignty and have to accept laws from other countries! We are not in the Union yet, but Obama listens to Mexican supporters and their govt. I want their trucks out of our country and why do we need a highway 4 football fields wide for trucks from mexico to bring goods from China into our country and take that stuff up to Canada? We don't have any money to buy their cheap, toxic junk anyway! And, we all know that stuff is being delivered to Mexican ports so cheap labor can unload thereby completely bypassing our longshoremen! What a knife in the back this whole business/govt relationship is! I was so happy to see people protect and stand w/Bundy Family against this extremist govt! It also demonstrated that the govt can get these illegals out of this country, they pulled guns on the Bundy's and their supporters, they can do the same for these illegals in a hot second...

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Gene 5798 of TX's picture

I read this morning that State senator Fiore had documented with pictures government destruction of two bull and abuse of cattle, calves died newborn because of inadequate care and over crowding. At least the government might have sent cowboys instead of desk jockeys to care for the livestock. Oh well, The United States government never gave a crap about aliens killing my son and other Americans, why concern themselves over cows?? Americans property does not matter to U.S. officials.

I wonder if our government even understands American history? How did this nation originate? Oppressed people seeking better conditions, repelling from high taxation, and then oppressing and even conquering the native population that had existed for centuries in the land that they claimed as the United States. Does that sound familiar with what is happening today with "the new" aliens? If you cannot see the parallels, I feel for you!

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Robert 1440 of CA's picture

Boehner and Goodlatte apparently told a group of business leaders that they plan to push amnesty through. The will try again after the primaries. We have to keep calling and raising hell. Obama has already done an executive amnesty and won't even deport the criminals. He should be impeached.

Charles 3427 of NC's picture

"no sincere desire to work together." Look who's talking about "sincerity"

The only way "the House of Representatives have repeatedly failed to take action" is by not giving Obama every single thing he wants for a change, regardless of what anyone else wants. The only thing Obama does is cry, kick and scream every time he doesn't get to have every little thing his way or no way.

The only time Obama does [anything] for anyone else, it turns out to be an "afterthought."

AFA "attacking the very people you [Obama] hope to engage in a serious dialogue.” He pisses off people's and governments, even allies, everywhere else, why should anyone not expect to do the same thing here at home.

Sometimes I think Obama just wants to be contrary for the sake of being contrary. It seems to garner attention for the MSM, maybe he thinks it should work the same for him. Maybe that's why the two seem to go hand-in-glove so well together. Maybe Obama's trying to be a new Crystal Gail Mangum, Mike Nifong,
Charles Rangel or Al Sharpton.

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Philip 5927 of AZ's picture

Eric Cantor is a business man in Republican's clothing. Call him and demand his resignation for his refusal to give up his pieces of amnesty bills entirely which will cause great harm to American workers. His being the most extreme of corrupt politicians is considered not good or not suitable.

Florence 0183 of NJ's picture

He has such double speak; grow the economy from the top down, inside out, it does not matter; he is not "growing the economy...he is destroying it! He is still trying to sell the amnesty as a good thing for this country; you don't even need a brain to know that this will destroy our country forever, and it has to be 40 million illegals in this country as they come night and day and are never deported!

Gene 5798 of TX's picture

Obama/Cantor sharing conversation, I cannot think of a better example to disprove that "2 heads are better than one."

Gery 9816 of GA's picture

It would be a shame if the GOP allowed this to happen. We might as well do away with our Constitution if he is allowed to change our laws every time he sees a political advantage.