Obama holds White House meeting on immigration reform
Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network, Eric Garcetti, City Council President of Los Angeles, Charles Ramsey, Chief of Police of Philadelphia, and Bill Bratton, former police chief of Los Angeles and of New York City, walk toward the podium after a meeting with President Barack Obama on immigration at the White House April 19, 2011 in Washington, DC.
April 19th, 2011
07:18 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama holds White House meeting on immigration reform

Washington (CNN) - A broad group of government officials, business leaders, law enforcement officials and others met Tuesday with President Barack Obama to discuss how to build support for immigration reform in the face of congressional opposition.

Obama told the gathering that he remains committed to seeking a comprehensive approach "that both strengthens security at our borders while restoring accountability to the broken immigration system," according to a White House statement.


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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. the real ib

    What Obama means is that he needs the votes of the illegals to get re-elected and he will do anything and say anything to make sure they are legal by 2012. Ship the illegals out we can't afford them we are broke and Obama still doesn't realize that.

    April 19, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  2. terry,va

    Pure politics. Obummie has lost 20% percentage points among Hispanics. He is concentrating on his 2012 reelection bid. The REALLY great thing about his pandering to his base is that independent voters are on to his BS and are leaving him by droves. He will lose 10% of the white vote and then can you say GAME OVER !!!!!

    April 19, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  3. BeanerECMO

    Secure the border first; deport all illegals; go through the proper procedures to get a green card, etc., etc., etc. In other words, enforce the laws on the books. Further, do not give tuition breaks at any educational institution that receives any government funds (fed, state, etc.). No more anchor babies; they have their child, send 'em back.

    April 19, 2011 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  4. Ray E. (Georgia)

    I understand there are about 8 million immigrants in the system now waiting to become citizens. Anyone that wants to become a citizen of the U.S. can do the same thing. We don't need immigration reform.

    April 19, 2011 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  5. duckbutter

    having rev, al there makes the whole thing bogus,,,,

    April 19, 2011 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  6. jerry rowley

    2 1/2 years into his term and obama has done exactly nothing about immigration...in fact he has done nothing about anything that troubles America.

    April 19, 2011 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  7. bob

    GW Bush had the best plan: give 3 year temporary work permits and made illegals pay back taxes and current taxes and give productive members of society a path to citizenship. Sadly, BOTH parties rejected this.

    April 19, 2011 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |