Obama to push immigration reform at White House meeting
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.