Republican Senators to Meet With Obama on Immigration Rewrite

Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 06:17 AM

By David Yonkman

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Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina will meet Tuesday with President Barack Obama to discuss efforts to revise U.S. immigration law, a Senate aide confirmed to Newsmax.

A White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting hasn’t been publicly announced, said McCain, of Arizona, and Graham, of South Carolina, were the only senators invited to the meeting.

The two, along with fellow Republicans Marco Rubio of Florida and Jeff Flake of Arizona, are part of a bipartisan group of eight senators working to craft a revamping of immigration policy that would include a path to citizenship for the roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants already in the country.

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“I am encouraged any time that the president wants to talk to me and to Lindsey,” McCain told reporters Monday in Washington. It would be their first meeting with Obama since the Senate group began working on its plan.

The group is seeking to turn principles it released last month into legislation. McCain said the senators were “making progress.”

He declined to offer details, though he said he was optimistic a bill would be produced in time for the Judiciary Committee to consider it in March.

Obama met Feb. 13 with the Senate group’s four Democratic members: Charles Schumer of New York, Richard Durbin of Illinois, Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Michael Bennet of Colorado.


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