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President Discusses Immigration Reform with Business Leaders, Advocates

February 05, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the White House continued its intense focus on immigration reform, in meetings this morning with immigrant advocates and this afternoon with business leaders. As bipartisan leaders in Congress begin the work of reforming immigration policy, President Obama continues to emphasize the need for broad, commonsense reform, including a roadmap to earned citizenship, and the opportunity for Congress to push ahead with reform in coming months.

“I am encouraged by the President’s leadership in prioritizing immigration reform this year. Ongoing leadership from the White House is crucial,” said Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum.

“The onus is on Congress to answer the clarion call on immigration by the American people including those who hold a Bible, wear a badge or own a business,” Noorani continued. “The political dynamic on immigration has changed. Republicans and Democrats are finally realizing that immigration reform is smart politics for both, and smart policy for the nation.”

Steve Case, Chairman and CEO of Revolution LLC and Co-founder of America Online, participated in the business leaders’ meeting.

“I was encouraged by today's immigration discussion at the White House,” Case said. “The President and his team listened to numerous proposals, outlined many of their own and expressed a desire to build a bipartisan consensus regarding comprehensive immigration reform.

“I focused my comments on the reforms we need to attract and retain the world's most talented innovators and entrepreneurs, as they have been and will continue to be critical contributors to our nation's economic success. I look forward to doing whatever I can to help pass comprehensive immigration reform in the months ahead — and ensure it includes strong provisions regarding high-skilled immigration, so we are positioned to win the global battle for talent.”

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