Hispanic Caucus, White House To Meet On Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON -- The White House will meet on Friday with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to discuss immigration reform.

The meeting, one of many between President Barack Obama's administration and Hispanic members of Congress, adds steam to Obama's inaugural pledge to push for immigration reform. Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus have provided guidance for the president in the past.

The president's schedule for Friday says he will be at the White House in meetings, but does not specify whether he will speak with Hispanic Caucus members. The meeting was confirmed to The Huffington Post by Democratic sources not authorized to speak on the record about the meeting.

Not all of the 27 members of the caucus, which includes 26 congressmen and one senator, will attend. Instead, the meeting is likely to include caucus leaders and a few members, according to the Democratic sources. Some caucus members will return to Washington from home districts or will stay in the capitol later than usual to attend the meeting, after the House finished its weekly business on Thursday.

The White House has mostly been mum on behind-the-scenes work on immigration reform, while meeting with advocacy groups and members of Congress. Although Obama has promised a major push for comprehensive immigration reform, administration officials haven't said whether the White House will draft proposed legislation, or will negotiate measures put forward by members of Congress.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus members met with White House officials last week to discuss reform efforts, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) told Buzzfeed.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment on the Friday meeting.



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