“Pass a bill because the actions I’ve taken are only a temporary first step,” said President Obama at Del Sol High School in Nevada.
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held captive in Afghanistan for five years, was traded for five Taliban commanders in May.
The dinner comes one day before the President announces the executive actions he plans to take on immigration reform.
Obama is slated to announce his executive orders to address the issue of immigration reform on Thursday.
The ransom policy will not be reconsidered, said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.
The President is deciding on executive action because the House has not voted on a Senate immigration bill, according to Press Secretary Josh Earnest.
The House passed an identical bill last week 252-161.
“We strongly support your plan to improve as much of the immigration system as you can within your legal authority,” the letter states.
“Dr. Salia’s passing is another reminder of the human toll of this disease.”