Obama and Democratic leaders in the Senate may also balk at the hard border security triggers for legalization that members demanded after the meeting. And House GOP leaders signaled they are just as distrustful of Obama on immigration as the rank and file.
"This administration cannot be trusted to deliver on its promises to secure the border and enforce laws as part of a single, massive bill like the one passed by the Senate," leaders said in a joint statement after the meeting.
There are some who believe that the decision to dig in by GOP leadership portends a death knell for immigration reform. And there are others who believe it's simply a negotiating ploy. But if immigration is to succeed, leaders will eventually need to take a political risk and work to build a consensus around a proposal that includes a path to citizenship.
Otherwise, immigration reform, and the GOP's gateway to Latino voters, could get stuck in the morass of the House Republican rank and file for good.