President Obama is spending Wednesday night having dinner at the White House with Democratic congressional leaders ahead of his executive amnesty announcement Thursday.
Obama will brief Democrats on his amnesty plan including Senate Minority Leader-elect Harry Reid and his party leadership members Sens. Dick Durbin and Chuck Schumer and leading immigration advocate Bob Menendez.
Republicans were not invited.
“If it were only dinner that was required,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said at his press conference Wednesday when asked why there would be no Republicans at the dinner.
Earnest would not reveal what the amnesty plan specifically entails. The White House will not publicize its legal justification for the amnesty action until after Obama announces it.
A spokesman for Republican House Speaker John Boehner called Earnest’s Wednesday press conference “nonsensical.”