Obama to meet with business leaders on immigration reform

In his latest bid to press Congress on immigration reform, President Obama on Monday will meet with a collection of business leaders who immigrated to the United States and went on to found successful companies.

At least six of the nine executives who will join Obama in the Roosevelt Room at the White House were born in other countries, including Mexico, Colombia, Turkey and India.

Obama has been meeting regularly with stakeholders, including labor leaders, students and Latino and Asian groups, to pressure lawmakers to support a comprehensive Senate bill that would overhaul the nation's immigration system for the first time since 1986.

Senate negotiators said last week that they have reached a deal on an amendment that would add significantly more resources to border security, a move that could boost Republican support. The chamber expects to vote on that amendment this week, setting up a vote on the overall bill before July 4, Senate leaders said.

But the GOP-controlled House has made less progress, and Obama is eager to maintain the pressure. White House officials emphasized the findings of a Congressional Budget Office report this month that found that the bill would reduce federal deficits by nearly $200 billion over the next decade.

"Now is the time to pass this bill," the White House said in a statement.

Among the business executives Obama will meet with are Hamdi Ulukaya, who came from Turkey and founded Chobani yogurt; Sunil Puri, who came from India and runs the First Rockford Group development company; and Bricia Lopez, who came from Mexico and owns the Guelaguetza restaurant.

 

 

 

 

David Nakamura covers the White House. He has previously covered sports, education and city government and reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Japan.
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