Sunday, March 3, 2024

President Obama to discuss Immigration Reform at White House Meeting

President Barack Obama will hold a meeting Tuesday afternoon at the White House with a group of leaders including the mayors of New York and San Antonio to discuss immigration reform.

Among the invitees are former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro.  The bevy of current and former public officials representing both sides of the aisle will also include business and religious leaders.

The meeting will address the importance of fixing the nation’s “broken immigration system” to meet the country’s 21st century economic and national security needs, according to a White House statement released late Monday.

“The question is going to be, are we going to be able to find some Republicans who can partner with me and others to get this done once and for all instead of using it as a political football,” Obama said in an interview in Dallas on Monday, where he stressed the need for bilateral agreement on the issue.

The meeting comes on the heels of a letter sent last week by 22 Senate Democrats asking Obama to delay deportations of young undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children by their parents.

The Gazette