March 11th, 2010
09:06 AM ET
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President to meet with top senators on immigration

Sens. Chuck Schumer (left) and Lindsey Graham (right) are scheduled to meet with President Obama Thursday to discuss immigration reform.

Sens. Chuck Schumer (left) and Lindsey Graham (right) are scheduled to meet with President Obama Thursday to discuss immigration reform.

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet Thursday with Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer of New York and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina to discuss immigration reform. The two senators are taking the lead in trying to hammer out a bill that could draw bipartisan support.

Discussing the meeting, White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton earlier this week said, "it's as simple as getting an update from them on efforts to create bipartisan immigration legislation."

During the presidential campaign, candidate Obama promised to tackle the thorny issue of how to reform the country's immigration policies, but the issue has taken a back seat over the past year to the economy and health care reform.

Groups calling for reform promise a large demonstration in Washington on March 21.

Update 12:01 p.m.: The White House says President Obama has added a meeting with grassroots leaders of the movement for comprehensive immigration reform Thursday afternoon.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story.

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Filed under: Immigration • President Obama
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. diridi

    first health care reform, then only immigration. Cut immigration. strengthen Dollar. Indian currency, Rupee is hurting Dollar, wake up, and fix.

    March 11, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  2. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but....

    Here's a no-cost way to end illegal immigration. Any company caught employing illegals has all of its assetts seized by the government and auctioned off to the highest bidder. The government gets 75% and the whistle blower gets 25% of the proceeds. The gov't would make money and there would be a financial incentive for people to be on the lookout for violators. Problem solved. Have a nice day!

    March 11, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  3. Monkey wrench

    How about deportation with a bill for costs to the country of their Nationality? I guess that can't happen because they wouldn't want to alienate a potential voting base. I predict the era of Big Government entitlement is soon to come to a close. It will be due to NSF's in the tax cauffer's and lack of a revenue stream.

    March 11, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  4. Daniel

    These two should be deported. Can't stand either one. There is some immigration reform for you.

    March 11, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  5. LIP

    Well, this should be interesting. 10% of the people, all US citizens done the legal way, are unemployed and the republicans and democrats, so worried about getting those Latino votes, are bending over for them now in hopes that they will be remembered for their efforts. All the American people will remember is that when we needed them (congress) to probvide jobs, they were too busy buying votes. Let's get rid of anyone in congress that supports legislation that gives the job thieves our jobs.

    March 11, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  6. ruth

    Illegals should be returned to their country. The American people
    should not financially support illegals from other countries. Medicaid
    is paying for all these hispanic babies that are being born. I would have loved to had more children but could not afford it. Stop letting these illegals prey on our people. The goverment has created this
    terrible habit.
    All you do is demoralize the people in this country.

    March 11, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  7. Mark

    Well let's see. We have 14 million Americans that are now unemployed. We have 20 to 30 million illegals here. Send them home! Then our citizens can find jobs, we won't be spending BILLIONS to educate the illegals kids, BILLIONS for the illegals healthcare, BILLIONS to provide the illegals with HUD housing and food stamps.

    And don't give me the old story "well they do jobs Americans don't want to do". End the cradle to grave government entitlements and those jobs will be filled.

    March 11, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  8. Mark

    Why does the house health care bill allow illegals to receive up to $10,000 per year in insurance subsidies??????????

    March 11, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  9. Anonymous

    The only reform this country needs is to ship out all the illegals, have them wait their turn to reenter and become legal citizens, joining the ranks of tax payers. The cost to taxpayers of supporting illegals and their families is a large chunk of our debt.

    March 11, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  10. GI Joe

    Hope they discuss cutting back on H-1b Visa holders coming into this country and taking tech jobs from US Citizens by accepting close to minimum wage for them (then they demand raises).

    March 11, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  11. Michael I Minnesota

    What is there to reform ? If your here illgaly then get oot – No tax payer funded benefits , put employers in jail for hiring them and get rid of the Anchor baby clause – then restrict new arivals to a level our employment can systain

    March 11, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  12. Enough is Enough

    It's not reform it's amnesty.

    Keep in mind the following facts:

    • Between 1989 and 2007, immigrants and their U.S.-born children accounted for 71 percent of the increase in the uninsured.
    • Today, more than one out of every four uninsured U.S. residents is an immigrant.
    • There are 14.5 million immigrants and their U.S.-born children without health insurance, 32 percent of the uninsured.
    • The foreign-born make up 27 percent of the uninsured population in the U.S.
    • 48 percent of immigrants and their children are either uninsured or depend on Medicaid.
    • Approximately 65 percent of illegal aliens in the U.S. are uninsured.
    • In some hospitals, as much as two-thirds of total operating costs are for uncompensated care for illegal aliens.

    Do we need to add millions and millions of uneducated poor people who don't speak English to our social welfare roles.

    March 11, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. Sandy

    It is very difficult to understand these traitors who get elected by American citizens but they turn around and can't provide American citizens protection from illegal immigrants.

    No AMNESTY for illegals, EVerify now and deport them all.

    March 11, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  14. Bob in Pa.

    Charles Schumer and Lindsey Graham should both be has beens. They have both been in Washington too long and are completly out of touch with America. Just enforce the laws on the books that exist. Give the powers to local and state law officials to enforce immigratiion laws. There is no need to create another government agency and a new identity system that has the huge potential for fraud and abuse.

    Stop wasting our tine and money Senators!

    March 11, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  15. Scott, Tucson

    "During the presidential campaign, candidate Obama promised to tackle the thorny issue of how to reform the country's immigration policies"

    For crying out loud! just enforce the current immigration laws, how difficult is that unless you're for total amnesty of all illegals.

    March 11, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  16. Lock the Borders Down

    This administration has already deported more illegals back than the previous adminstration did.

    March 11, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |