White House chief of staff Denis McDonough met with business leaders and associations Thursday afternoon to discuss tackling immigration reform, sources tell The Hill.
The meeting with business and association leaders, including the Chamber of Commerce, comes hours after President Obama spoke on the hot-button issue at the White House. Attendees include Aric Newhouse, the senior vice president for policy and government relations at the National Association of Manufacturers and Bruce Josten, executive vice president for government affairs at the Chamber of Commerce.
It is unclear if Obama attended the meeting.
A White House official said the meeting is “intended to continue conversations with folks — inside and outside the government — supportive of advancing common-sense immigration reform. This is a top priority for the president and we’ll continue to do everything we can to get this done.”
Earlier in the day, Obama urged Congress to pass immigration reform and applied pressure to House Republicans, saying it was up to them “whether this becomes a reality or not.”
“This is not just an idea whose time has come; this is an idea whose time has been around for years now,” Obama said. “It’s good for our economy. It’s good for our national security. It’s good for our people, and we should do it this year.”
“This is the moment when we should be able to finally get the job done,” Obama said, before adding that “good policy is good politics in this instance.”