Soon after the launch of his re-election campaign, President Barack Obama has met with business, labor, faith and political leaders to discuss reforming the US immigration system.
The more than 60 attendees of the meeting included Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, according to the New York Times.
The immigration overhaul supported by the president reportedly involves strengthening borders while giving those who are already here a path to US citizenship. He argued that an immigration policy that allows immigrant entrepreneurs to come to the US would be a critical part of the recovery.
Obama told his guests that “he cannot be successful if he is leading the debate alone.” A statement about the meeting issued by the White House says “the only way to fix what’s broken about our immigration system is through legislative action in Congress,” USA Today reports.
Obama may face barriers to passing comprehensive immigration reform in Congress, however, where many Republicans have argued that granting undocumented immigrants a path to US citizenship rewards law-breaking behavior.