June 28th, 2010
03:29 PM ET
4 years ago

President Obama quietly moving on immigration reform

Washington (CNN) - The President was scheduled to meet with grassroots leaders at 3:15 Monday afternoon to discuss immigration reform, a White House official confirms.

Two sources outside the White House involved in the talks say immigration reform is definitely on the President's radar, and that Monday's closed-press meeting comes on the heels of a number of immigration movements that have been quietly percolating over the last 48 hours.

They point to National Security Advisor for Homeland Security John Brennan's meeting with Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, which is scheduled to take place as early as Monday in Arizona.

Secretary Napolitano has also recently introduced a number of border security initiatives.


One source involved in the talks adds that Monday's meeting is also in preparation for the federal government to file suit against the state of Arizona for its controversial new immigration law.

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, and Interior's Ken Salazar are likely to join President Obama in the meeting.

Invited participants include:

Karen Narasaki, Asian American Justice Center
Rosa Rosales, LULAC
Janet Murguia, NCLR
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
Leith Anderson, National Association of Evangelicals
Lillian Rodriguez Lopez, National Hispanic Leadership Association
Eliseo Medina, SEIU
Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO
Angelica Salas, CHIRLA
Gustavo Torres, CASA de Maryland
Juan Rodriguez, Trail of Dreams
Dolores Huerta
Bishop Kicanas, Vice President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Ali Noorani, National Immigration Forum/RI4A
Deepak Barghava, Center for Community Change

On Tuesday President Obama plans to meet with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus at the White House, one source said.

Related: CNN Poll: Support for border crackdown grows


Filed under: Immigration • President Obama
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Jack

    Interesting group. Little real experience all with definate views and bias. I wonder if he was planning on meeting with people who understood the real problems and the issues associated with immigartion rather than just a bunch of political hacks with agendas?

    June 28, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Oh i'm sorry – did we all forget all of sudden that George Bush and John McCain pushed the exact same agenda about "amnesty" when the Republicans ran the White House last time?

    Didn't get the Faux News memo that illegal immigration and broken borders only started when President Obama took office. Hypocrites.

    June 28, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. BILL, WI

    When Sec Napolitano was the Gov of Arizona she also proposed immigration reform changes at the state level. How many of those proposals have made it to the US Supreme Court?

    June 28, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. enough already

    You mean La Raza wasn't invited? They have every other pro amnesty group participating. I can't imagine what the outcome of these meetings will be.

    Attention SEIU and AFL-CIO members: Your leadership is selling you out. They are seeking amnesty to grow their ranks. These same people that they will be initiating are the ones that will be taking your jobs. Think hard about this, and making your voices heard to your union. No Amnesty!

    June 28, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. Ron

    Whatever happened to Obama's promise of "transparency"? He hides and passes things without the public knowing what is in it (Financial Reform, Health Care, etc.) and now wants to circumvent the legal system and try to push through immigration that the majority of the public does not want? This president is DANGEROUS and if you don't see what he is trying to do then you cannot think for yourself. Our government is/was set up with checks and balances. Obama is trying his best to eliminate these checks and balances. Therefore he would be making unilateral decisions. By definition that is a dictator. WAKE UP PEOPLE!! We only have ONE more chance (November) to stop the total collapse of our economic system as well as our freedoms.

    June 28, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  6. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    This is scary, this president does not want to reform, he just wants them to vote democratic and give away our hard earned tax money to them in return for their votes for the inept, corrupt, union toady president. He has screwed over the gulf coast, never said a thing about the devastation in Nashville. Impeach Obama.

    June 28, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. stormerF2

    Run from any immigration reform Obama proposes. It can not be good for America.

    June 28, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. b. o. stinks

    moving slowwwwwwwwww???? then dont complain about arizona trying to do something about keeping their state safe obama, if you are kicking ass then kick your own and get started on this

    June 28, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  9. Barack.Hussein.Obama-America's-Benevolent-DICTATOR

    There won't be a DemocRAT left in office come November if Obozo and his band of Progressive Communists go against the will of the American people, who OVERWHELMINGLY support the Arizona law.

    Obozo and the DemocRATS has refused to uphold the laws of this country by enforcing our borders. By doing so, they have willing and knowingly endangered every single American citizen.

    He should be impeached.

    June 28, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. Minnesotan

    While it's impossible to ship 20 million criminals home, and it's um, not polite, to shoot 'em, we need to impose some seriously huge fines on them, make them go to the back of the immigration line and make examples out of them so that they don't get a free ride. In addition, can we PLEASE change the immigration system to a skill-based one instead of a familial system where phony 'cousins' and rabid 'breeders' slither under our borders? Plus, let's put a cap on Mexican immigrants, since they seem to be the largest source of the problem. Oh yeah: Finish the wall, and impose huge fines on employers and landlords who support these criminals.

    June 28, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  11. db

    Let's hope that the president has been listening to the American people, who are fed up with undocumented aliens streaming across our southern border. This could be his last chance to do something that the people actually want. If he blows it this time...

    June 28, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  12. b. o. stinks

    talk about stacking the deck look at all the union people slobbering to get more members so the big dogs can live high on the hog on the working mans back

    June 28, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  13. buckwheat

    Wake up ....all Obummer is doing, is buying furture votes! Please Obummer STEP DOWN!

    June 28, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  14. John in MN

    Any chance we could have ONE person from the other side of the issue???

    June 28, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  15. j williamson

    Let the illegals EARN their way to legal status. The American people will not stand for another "amnesty."

    June 28, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    Obama's "reform" is to do nothing but legalize the illegals. Not acceptable to the people of this country, but Obama couldn't care less what the people want.

    June 28, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. gt

    i hope middle america remembers how this president handel the oil spill, the economy, gays in the service, no national day of pray, illegal immirgation,he has abandon middle america.... ugh.. what a disaster...

    June 28, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  18. Ivan

    Congress must act on immigration. The racist monsters must realize that they are on the losing side of both history and demographics and if they keep up their anti-immigrant/anti-Latino rhetoric, they will be voted out soon! Whites will be a minority in this country in just about 20 years. Comprende, Billy Bob?
    No human being is illegal; millions are suffering and we must find a way to integrate those hard-working immigrants into our society.

    June 28, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  19. ac

    It is obvious that Mr. Obama is not doing his job as President when anyone talks about the border security. I don't know what it is going inside his mind but his deeds don't show that he cares about our borders.

    June 28, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. ac

    By the way, same applies to Mr. Bush. He did not care neither.

    June 28, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    "Secretary Napolitano has also recently introduced a number of border security initiatives."

    Most likely none of these initiatives will involve the enforcement of border security. No immigration reform can occur until the borders are sealed.

    June 28, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  22. ryan

    Its time to fix this broken immigration system so that we can level the playing field and tax the undocumented so that they will not become a burden of the government. Fixing the immigration system is one way to fix the national security.

    June 28, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  23. Get A Grip

    Victim of GOP Taliban June 28th, 2010 3:40 pm ET

    Oh i'm sorry – did we all forget all of sudden that George Bush and John McCain pushed the exact same agenda about "amnesty" when the Republicans ran the White House last time?

    Didn't get the Faux News memo that illegal immigration and broken borders only started when President Obama took office. Hypocrites.
    **************************************************

    Pssst......Obama is president, Bush is no longer president and McCain was never president..........AND Obama is doing better than these two guys along with all our past presidents at destroying this country.

    June 28, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  24. Pragmatic

    Republican lawmakers are joining a growing GOP effort to halt the push for immigration reform, arguing the time is not right to take on the massive and complex issue.

    If not now … when? The GOP had 8 years to reform immigration … did nothing and continues to want nothing done!

    June 28, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  25. enough already

    To amend my previous post, I didn't notice at first that NCLR (La Raza) is a featured guest.

    Why all the Hispanic groups? Isn't it racist to think that HIspanics are the only ones concerned about immigration reform?

    June 28, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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