According to a Wall Street Journal report, Speaker John Boehner and certain key House Republicans recently told donors and special interest groups they still want to pass immigration legislation this year. President Obama continues his push for comprehensive amnesty today in a meeting he hopes will persuade the American Legion to drop their opposition to inclusion of the ENLIST Act in the defense authorization bill.

Boehner spoke at a March Las Vegas fundraiser attended by Sheldon Adelson and other top GOP donors, the Journal reports. Two attendees told the Journal that Boehner said he was "hellbent on getting [immigration reform] done this year." Boehner’s spokesperson didn't deny the story but said Obama must first prove he is a trustworthy partner in reform.

The Journal’s report also quotes Carl Guardino, head of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, who recently hosted a visit by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. Guardino said Goodlatte was upbeat about the prospects for reform this year and suggested that votes may be held this summer on five to seven immigration bills. Goodlatte’s spokesperson did not comment on the matter.

And the Journal said Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., is drafting legislation that would legalize illegal aliens and give them an opportunity to apply for citizenship through existing channels. GOP leaders reportedly told Diaz-Balart to ready his bill for possible debate in June or July.

House Republican leaders have been plotting an alternate means for reviving the immigration debate. They have backed Rep. Jeff Denham’s (R-Calif.) bid to get his ENLIST Act amnesty in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). If the NDAA passes the House with ENLIST, the Senate can use the measure to revive S. 744, the comprehensive amnesty bill.

The American Legion has joined a number of House Republicans in opposing the inclusion of ENLIST in the NDAA. John Stovall, director of the Legion’s national security division said, “The NDAA needs to stand alone, and I think attaching an issue as contentious and complex as immigration and recruitment policy would only stall the NDAA. Immigration policy needs to be debated on its own outside the debate of NDAA…The legion’s long-standing policy remains that we are opposed to any policy, any legislative action that amounts to amnesty, and I think that would fall under that definition.”

But that has not deterred President Obama, who is meeting today with Daniel Dellinger, the head of the American Legion, to try to persuade the organization to back down. Mark Krikorian, director of the Center for Immigration Studies, told The Daily Caller, That’s a big problem for Obama and the advocates of more immigration. If the American Legion is saying it is bad, they can either persuade them or bad-mouth the legion. I don’t think they be able to browbeat them.”

Barack Obama
Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Updated: Mon, Apr 21st 2014 @ 12:42pm EDT

Robert 4907 of DE's picture

Another RINO! I like Boehner, but he is just not with us. We DO NOT need or want comprehensive immigration reform. What we want and need is some comprehensive ENFORCEMENT reform. Funny, that IDIOT Reid said Americans must obey the law on that Nevada Bundy story. I guess since illegal aliens are not Americans, they don't have to obey the law?

Gene 5798 of TX's picture

Boehner and Cantor in some way have to be convinced that they cannot win elections before November by legalizing the illega. Other wise with SCOTUS ruling nearly removing restriction on campaign contributions from the rich, the rich will convince them that they can and will get enough money to win any desired election. Firing Boehaner in Nov is a fantastic way of sending a message that we will take no more of this crap but if they pass amnesty bills prior to Nov., then the damage has been done. Once legalization is passed, I do not think any Congress will reverse it! What a mess that would be, tho I would support reversal of legalization.

The show of force in Nevada from Bundy's side last weekend, I believe is emblematic of how the public attitude is going. Defeating legalization is in the national interest even if all of Washington disagrees with us, American workers would see some reasons for being hopeful, that would be huge, for instance! Americans returning to work would calm the waters enough for everyone to get an oar in the water, I believe.

Do I believe that Washington will calm down so that we can get our oars in the water? Hail NO, I don't, money talks. This thing is very large in its implications from the perspective of all sides!

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Terri 9170 of IL's picture

Yes, it's larger than just the U. S. Corporatists are trying to do the same thing in all First World countries. They want a world where only they have any money and power and everyone else will be a slave.

I worry that people like Cantor and Boehner are getting so much payment from corporatists to push through this bill, they don't even care if they don't get re-elected or if their party gets re-elected.

Caroline 7445 of CO's picture

Most citizens are defenseless against politicians who have been bought. The only citizens that can preserve their nations, culture, language, etc. are those who live in countries where such national questions are put up in a referendum for a vote by the people. The Swiss people recently voted to restrict immigration. Our founding fathers never foresaw the corruption of today's politicians.

Terri 9170 of IL's picture

Every country in Europe got to vote whether or not they wanted to open their borders to "migrants." Sposed to be only people from the EU. Then Brussels started admitting countries that are Third World and now those people are flooding the prosperous countries in the EuL.

Paula 4130 of TX's picture

Kick out John Boehner and Eric Cantor this fall. They serve only themselves and do not belong in our Congress. Never did.

Sylvia 4936 of CA's picture

Words from a Hypocrite named John Boehner:

John Boehner
'The law says that enrollment stops at the end of March. That’s what the law says,' he said later, sticking up for Congress' part in the four-year-long Obamacare saga.

'I've got to live by the law. You've got to live by the law. The American people have got to live by the law. And guess what? The president needs to live by the law as well.'

(Illegal aliens don't have to live by the law?)

John 4110 of MI's picture

A lot of Chamber of Commerce member employers have not lived by the law of the land. Ex Mayor Bloomberg did not support the immigration law of the land - but went to great lengths to prosecute those that had not re-registered their guns in NY. So Obama, Boehnor and Bloomberg mean you have to live by the laws of the land that we like.

Mike 1111 of CO's picture

America's armed forces should not be used as a dumping ground for Illegals. American Legion clearly understands this, as do other veterans.

If the ENLIST Act is not treason, what is ???

Donald 4076 of GA's picture

No point in reforming laws if they are not going to be enforced. Our President continues to violate his oath of office by deferring immigration enforcement. The House does not need to bother with Immigration Reform until it knows that the laws passed by Congress will be properly executed. To Boehner:" Forget about it!

Barbara 1933 of WA's picture

What's needs to be done is for Boehnor and Reid both to be tossed out the door along with a large number of the Repubs and Dems. Its to bad that we can't get rid of the legal bribery that goes on daily in the Senate and the House. Get rid of that and a lot more of the decent needed bills might be passed. Lobbying needs to be outlawed.

None 2150 of WY's picture

I need to report this and hope its not removed.

A cook working at Denny's in Newcastle, CA gets arrested for assault and battery on his estranged wife (Rodriguez-pinon, Armando (M/Unknown) of Auburn Reported On: 4/11/2014 in Placer County For: Assault and Battery) and then he is bailed out of jail by the Hispanic manager of the that Denny's?

He is now back at work. Why is this guy still on the streets and not deported? The manager should also be looked into!

This country is whacking out we must start something to control illegal aliens coming from any country. Mainly Mexico.

His estranged wife was changed over to another Denny's because of prior problems at the job with him. Punish her for his arrogant and violent attitude.

This illegal alien crap is getting worse by the minute. Sad!

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April 4356 of FL's picture

I encourage everyone to call his office, both DC and district offices and tell him what you think about his PRO AMNESTY STANCE!!! Sellout!

Albert 3441 of PA's picture

I suspect that the Speaker is actually bent upon converting our once peaceful and prosperous nation into a Third World hellhole. That is precisely what an amnesty for 12+ million illegal aliens would do.

As for GOP king maker, Sheldon Adelson, here is a blog that explains how and why he selects which RINO you get to choose in the 2014 and 2016 elections:

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Terri 9170 of IL's picture

I just read that Hillary Clinton was at a speaking engagement and America Ferrara chose a girl to take the microphone and the girl told her sob story about how she's undocumented so she can't get all advantages from American taxpayers she wants. Hillary complemented her on her "bravery" for coming forward and said it's a mistake for the U. S. not to legalize all the illegals. NOT VOTING FOR HILLARY

Gene 5798 of TX's picture

Terri, I have not voted for dem or rep for a while now. I applied what I was told some years ago, that if I continued doing things as I had always one them and expected different results, then it was I that was the fool. I'd always voted for rep or dem, so I stopped doing that. Hehh, feels good to look anyone in the eye and say,"At least I did not vote for "that one."

Terri 9170 of IL's picture

Well, the trouble is, someone will be elected whether you vote or not. If you're not trying to determine the lesser evil then you are responsible for the outcome.

WE Need new parties!

Gene 5798 of TX's picture

I vote every election I do not vote repub or dem. We may need a party but we need one that has fewer evils than the two major parties!

GlenR 1973 of WV's picture

Citizens often feel as if they are forced to vote for "the lesser of two evils" in the general elections but most of the time they have lost any choice they would have had in the months leading up to the general election (primaries and/or the elities of the two major parties). If I don't think I have a choice I would be happy with I will write in or vote a Third Party already listed. Sometimes the major parties goals are to not always to win but to just play the game (go along to get along) so as not to fall out of line. I still go back to 08 and McCain's attempt to become President with the "lesser of two evils" plan and we see how that "worked" but the GOP now has seemed to fall in love with that same plan; the results will be the same for the GOP.

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Aaron 8129 of ID's picture

I often wish that we when we vote we'd have a "none of the above" as both parties have sold out the American citizens!! That sure would send them a huge message!!

Aaron 8129 of ID's picture

Here is what I recently sent to one of the newspapers in Idaho over this .. Nobody commented this time! Maybe I'm getting though to the people via the letters!!??

Letter to the Editor: Immigrant Takeover

Our useless and overpaid president, Democrat, Republican and tea party politicians and Democratic judges are trying to give away America to illegal aliens/illegal immigrants for votes. The massive and non-stop illegal alien/illegal immigrant invasion from Mexico to the USA is a clear and blatant violation of America’s sovereignty, America’s immigration laws and has made a complete mockery of America’s legal immigration process.

Illegal aliens (not immigrants) have no right whatsoever to demand anything from the United States of America. Our southern border from Mexico should not have a “revolving door policy” for illegal aliens to come and go as they please.

Our president of the United States of America and all the politicians in Washington, D.C., refuse to control our southern border from Mexico and refuse to strictly enforce our current immigration laws. What gives them the right to try to secure and control the borders for the rest of the world (Ukraine) when they cannot even secure and control the borders to our own backyard?

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GlenR 1973 of WV's picture

Sorry if I seem redundant but I do often repeat myself. We have been discussing the ILLEGAL invasion for so long that sometimes I must remind myself that not everyone in our nation understands how profound the problem has become. When I visit family and friends in other sections of our nation I was first surprised by their common responses, “the ILLEGALS are just here to better themselves or do jobs that Citizens refuse”, there is NO harm, etc, etc, and so on. Finally after nearly 20 years of reiterating our same points of the cost of the ILLEGALS via our welfare, medical, education, and crimes against Citizens including the many deaths everyday some have come around and are even contacting their politicians. I guess I am use to repeating the same facts about the ILLEGALS because sometimes you or I may say something that someone has never heard before or the light may come on.

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Philip 5927 of AZ's picture

Boehner, Cantor, Goodlatte and others are pushing pieces of amnesty bills too hard in a big hurry BEFORE their next election. Why are they playing a game of too high risk or playing a very dangerous game like "Russian roulette"? They know they will harm this country any further, but they don't care. Cantor falsely claimed that immigration reform is important because it could be an economic boon. Look, many experts still give a strong warning to those senseless, irrational and idiotic politicians to be more careful -- not to vote for amnesty bills for illegal aliens or more and more jobs for American citizens will be lost as a consequence of new amnesty law. They keep ignoring their warning. Unbelievably, they refuse to give up pieces of amnesty bills entirely even though Obama continues to be above the law. They know there is a guarantee that there will be a coffin for the Republican Party, but they don't care. They are a blind devotion to so many wealthy corporatists and want them to be very happy. To those corrupt politicians, amnesty bills means money, power and votes. That is why they are not willing to discuss border security for nothing. Sadly, they are not interested in saving this country.

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Philip 5927 of AZ's picture

Unlike corrupt politicians, Senator Sessions is the only politician we ever have who understands so many unemployed American citizens and this country.

John 4110 of MI's picture

Even our military has the attitude of a cheap labor employers. They seem quite willing to pay illegal recruits the same pay and pay them legal status. This is discrimination against our own.

Michael A. 1840 of NV's picture

Told my Republican member of the House, no more money for your reelection campaign until the Speaker comes clean about amnesty. Amnesty for me means I vote for anyone but a Republican, Democrats excluded..

Gene 1925 of IL's picture

The Republican Leadership would be insane to seriously attempt to push for an amnesty, if anything could seriously derail the anticipated Republican victories path they are on for this Fall, Amnesty would be the number one thing w/o a doubt to derail it. I know I would no longer be voting for Republicans but to defeat them overwhelmingly if they pass an Amnesty.

God Bless the American Legion they are one nation that seriously puts the welfare of the nation first. They stand as a model for what is right about America. God Bless them and happy Easter.

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GlenR 1973 of WV's picture

But what I do not understand is the change in the GOP or at least their leadership as I stated before; “For what ever reason, many in the GOP and those that claim to be conservatives have displayed a hateful side of their party by turning their backs on United States Citizens in favor of the ILLEGALS. I don't understand why they feel the need to represent the citizens of foreign countries against the interest of their own CITIZENS.” Could it be as simple as "Just follow the money" for our politicians!

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Gene 5798 of TX's picture

Glen, since 1986 it has been an evolutionary thing in the repub party, Reagan granted amnesty then Geo B came along and advocated open borders. In between GHWB was a repub president that that did not get re-elected. It has confused "conservatives", however, I do not consider the republican party conservative! How is encouraging law breaking conservative, I have never understood how they can even claim that with a straight face!!!! Matter of fact, I consider that claim to be the lie of lies! Reagan and G. Bush confused repubs about their values is what happened.

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GlenR 1973 of WV's picture

I have to agree. The GOP's grand plan is still the "lesser of two evils" approach wishing not to fall to far behind or maybe even to make some gains while as always "going along to get along" as our senior Senator does, as of now not certain about our junior Senator. W of course was the first national GOPer that I know of to be open about his support for Open Borders and legalization for the invaders no matter the cost in treasure, jobs, and life to our Citizens as long as his political contributors would benefit. Strange how the fact that some over stayed their visas and flew planes into our buildings and fields killing nearly 3000 Citizens most likely stopped W's effort to have official Open Borders and legalization of the invaders! After all we could have by now been just another Third World Country if W had his way.

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Gene 5798 of TX's picture

Glen, I wrote W after 9/11 after he started banging the war drums and told him that I would support any war anywhere as long as he did not leave Mexico out. Told him about my son killed by Mex. alien. He wrote me over his original signature and told me that immigration was good for the country. I did not even mention legal immigration, just illegal aliens. His college education was a waste, he can't even read and understand English. On top of my other reasons, I'll never vote for anyone that best education grades was "C's" either!

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GlenR 1973 of WV's picture

He like many of our politicians understand what we are talking about but their agenda is not to serve the Citizens but to serve their political contributors. To him we are no more than units of labor to be utilized any way his political contributors want, Open Borders allows for the free flow of cheap ILLEGAL/AMNESTIED labor. W and his Pro-Amnesty and Open Borders gang consider Citizens that have their lives destroyed in many ways by the ILLEGAL invasion they support as a SMALL SACRIFICE for THEIR CHEAP ILLEGAL/Amnestied LABOR, after all Citizens are just units of labor and once we learn our place everything will be OK.

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Scott 8741 of OK's picture

For the Democrats, illegal aliens represent VOTES and the Republicans they represent cheap labor. If amnesty happens the Repubs will never win another Presidential contest and 15 million out of work Americans can forget about finding jobs.

GlenR 1973 of WV's picture

Correct, that's why the GOP speaks of legalization and the Dems a pathway to Citizenship. But if the ILLEGALS are legalized the next "logical" step is to give them Citizenship. It would be just a matter of time, Third World United States here we are.

Gene 5798 of TX's picture

SCOTUS making the decision that nearly no large campaign contribution is too large adds complexity to the immigration argument and the political campaign argument. Should major contributors gain control of elections by virtue of huge contributions, thus become the shadow government, secret ballots nearly are history, too. Employers will dictate to employees that the employee will vote as directed by the employer. If he/she does'nt unemployment follows with a blacklisting share with other like employers.

If you are lucky enough to have a job, it will be mandatory to vote as told. If the numbers that do not follow "suggestion" are unacceptable to employers, another gate at the border is opened and more green cards and H1-b's become the "political" order of the day to Congress from those huge contributors!

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M 2510 of MA's picture

Offtopic - The new website design is really unreadable and unusable compared to the old one. Fonts are big and you can barely see much content on a screen.I think you will lose readers this way. Go back or fix it.

None 2150 of WY's picture

Look at this way M2510, you will get used to it, just like we have to pretend to get used to being invaded by all illegals from all countries, mainly mexico. This how the politicians try to get us to except something that is wrong. Get used to it. LOL LOL

P.S. NO! to getting used to the invasion. This is a new set up lets see how it works with this new forum board, not the illegals.

Gene 5798 of TX's picture

Ricardo, I have not understood how anyone that could see the republican party since '86 could vote for them in good conscience. Yeah, they claim the lesser of two evils, but lesser of two evils is still evil!!! to make a vote count for something I vote against both major parties!! The lesser of two evils does not ease my conscience one darned iota!!