Obama met with representatives of labor and progressive groups — including the AFL-CIO, NAACP and National Council of La Raza – for about an hour at the White House. Afterward, they told reporters that the meeting was productive, though they declined to release specific details on their conversations.
Many said the changes must include a pathway to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants without delay. They mostly agreed with the president — not congressional negotiators — that citizenship should not be contingent on border security.
Both labor and business groups have pledged their support to an immigration overhaul, but are negotiating a compromise on the guest worker program that provides temporary visas to foreign workers.