President to push immigration reform at White House meeting Tuesday
February 4th, 2013
02:49 PM ET
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President to push immigration reform at White House meeting Tuesday

Washington (CNN) - A day after pushing the administration's gun control proposals on the road in Minnesota, President Obama will sit down with groups to push for immigration reform Tuesday, White House officials said.

The president will meet with leaders of labor unions, including AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and and Eliseo Medina, Secretary-Treasurer of the Service Employees International Union, as well as representatives of progressive groups, like the NAACP and the Center for American Progress, and key immigration reform groups.

Separately he will have a meeting in the afternoon with a dozen leading CEOs, including Goldman Sachs' Lloyd Blankfein, Yahoo's Marissa Mayer, Coca Cola's Muhtar Kent, Alcoa's Klaus Kleinfeld, Marriott's Arne Sorenson and Motorola's Greg Brown.

The White House said the meeting will allow the president the opportunity to discuss how to get a bipartisan immigration reform bill passed this year and how it fits into his economic agenda.

This latest outreach is part of the White House effort to help engage the public on its second agenda priorities of immigration and guns to build public support for the ideas and to help generate momentum for action in Congress.

Last week a bipartisan group of senators unveiled their principles on immigration reform, including linking a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. to continued efforts to strengthen border security. The president applauded those principles and said if Congress failed to pass of its own he would submit his own proposal.

Meanwhile Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is traveling to California and Texas Monday and Tuesday to look at border security operations, meet with state and local officials and discuss the department's efforts on security.

Later this week the AFL-CIO will unveil details of nationwide events this month when it will push the idea of citizenship for the millions of illegal immigrants, and labor officials will also detail how they will try to mobilize working families to lobby for reform.

Several administration officials will meet with law enforcement representatives on Wednesday.


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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Moose

    Oh goody, more people to give obamman care to, more people to put in the job market,
    how about working on creating jobs ????
    unemploy up !!!
    out of the market thru the roof !!! and this idiot could care less

    February 4, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. LibParrots

    No budget, no reform! Why is this administration so wiilling to have citizens bear the burden, and cost, of promoting the left agenda? Obviously we have a priorities problem.

    February 4, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. bearchair

    I dont get why people who illegally came in to this country are going to get rewarded for their actions, especially when there are people who have been waiting years to legally become a citizen in the us.

    February 4, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  4. much thunder.little rain

    the only group that unions are growing are workers at the vegas hotel and casino...unions served the american workers decades ago , now there are out dated as the horse and buggy...

    February 4, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. Galactus93

    NO AMNESTY and No Pathway to US Citizenship. We need to start deporting illegal aliens. That is the law. No US President should be allowed to pick and choose which laws he will enforce and which ones he will ignore. We need a Federal Government that will enforce all of our immigration laws. Deport all illegal aliens, secure the border and fine anyone who hires an illegal alien. That is the law.

    February 4, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Humm,
    I am sorry for the plight of all the illegals here but will not give them a special priviledge to citizenship. It totally disgusts me that they have the nerve to march and protest for immigration reform. There is already a path to citizenship. I understand there is about 8 million now doing it the right way. It totally disgusts me that the president is striking for the illegals when he can't even work on a budget, again overdue. Deport all illegals.

    February 4, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. Name lynn

    What the people need to focus on is bugets, jobs, an saving people homes. Those litnos havent done or did nothing to the people in the united states of america, let the come over an start a new life just like some of you people would like to do or is during. Obama is a kind and gentle man an the litanos is coming over to the united states weather the people like it or not.

    February 4, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  8. Henrey

    Obama is all wrong we don't need these gun bans we need to focus on the kids that are mentally handycapt and the bullied ones and make sure they have proper counseling

    February 4, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  9. wigglwagon

    Why does the Democratic Party hate American workers? I thought that was the job of the Republican Party.

    For 50 years, Republicans fought to protect business from the greed of workers and Democrats fought to protect workers from the insatiable greed of employers. That worked pretty good. About 40% of workers were represented by unions and during that time America built the biggest and most prosperous economy the world has ever seen. Unfortunately, K Street finally got through to the Democrats and for the last 30 years both Democrats and Republicans have helped business use free trade, illegal immigration, union busting, and deregulation to increase profits by driving down wages and destroying benefits for American workers.

    Even that worked okay for a while but that strategy has now caught up with itself. Business increased their profits for a while but they also broke their own customers. Now, only about 6% of workers are union and neither businesses nor workers prosper.

    February 4, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. LibParrots

    Drug tests and background checks too. Lets also apply that for food stamps, welfare, housing assistance, and any other handouts.

    February 4, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  11. george

    This is a continual JOKE on the part of the Administration...We HAVE laws in place, if they would ONLY BE ENFORCED by the Admdinistration!!!, that clearly indicate "Paths to Citizenship" to this great country....if they would ONLY BE FOLLOWED...we do not need or want amnesty in and of itself....Immigrants ( legal ones ) for Many years have come to this great country and followed the laws, rules and regulation requirements for American USA citizenship....WHY NOT continue with these already clear and specific Immigration Laws? Amnesty in and of itself IS ABSOLUTELY NOT the answer...when you earestly work to gain something, you appreciate it more in the end...What do we owe Illegal Immigrants anyway by definition by law..come on folks , lets get with it and stop BUYING VOTES.

    February 4, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Ray E. (Georgia) wrote:

    Humm,
    I am sorry for the plight of all the illegals here but will not give them a special priviledge to citizenship. It totally disgusts me that they have the nerve to march and protest for immigration reform. There is already a path to citizenship.
    -----------------
    Soooo, what do you suggest that we should do with an estimated 11 million people? Deport them? How would you do that, and what expense? Would foreign countries even accept portions of those 11 million people? Did you know that many of these people come from countries that genuinely have no record of their births? No record was ever made. Now what, Ray?

    February 4, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  13. Kellee

    Here is immigration reform tell any immigrant who migrates to America legally or illegally must learn English before they can get any government service. I don't think we should have to change our protocol because they don't want to learn English.

    February 4, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    LibParrots

    Drug tests and background checks too. Lets also apply that for food stamps, welfare, housing assistance, and any other handouts.
    -------------
    Call. Let's do that for *all* gun purchases.
    I think that the real problem is that some gun lovers couldn't pass the checks, and the know it.

    February 4, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "No budget, no reform! Why is this administration so wiilling to have citizens bear the burden, and cost, of promoting the left agenda? Obviously we have a priorities problem."

    Let's just pick out the words that the people who taught you your talking points wanted people to focus in on. Budget, administration, citizens, left agenda and priorities. The rest was intended to be responded to mostly based on the inflection and emotional tone of the screed,not any substance or factual basis for it. Luntz and Rove and the rest expect their doggies to beg, lie down and roll over when told...and all it takes is a few key, focus-group tested words and the right tone of voice.

    February 4, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |