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Obama Calls Immigration Meeting to 'Keep the Debate About This Issue Alive'

The White House(WASHINGTON) -- Tuesday afternoon at the White House, President Obama met with approximately 70 leaders from the business, labor, faith and political communities to discuss immigration reform in order to “keep the debate about this issue alive,” according to one person in the room.
“The president asked the group to commit to moving forward to keep the debate about this issue alive, to keep it alive in the sense that it can get before Congress where the ultimate resolution of it will have to be obtained,”  Bill Bratton, former police chief, City of Los Angeles and City of New York, said following the meeting.
Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Council president, said it was a ”very vigorous” discussion.
“The president I think made a very compelling case that he will not let this issue go away. He has no plans to let the last vote on the DREAM Act be the final words on immigration.”
Al Sharpton, president of National Action Network, noted that the ways to approach the issue were varied, even in the meeting Tuesday, although they all agree that something must be done.
He called it a very “healthy beginning” started by the president.

Charles Ramsey, chief of police for the City of Philadelphia, said it was incredibly important that local police chiefs were in the room for this kind of discussion.
“Often times the issue of immigration has driven a wedge between us and the communities that we serve,” Chief Ramsey noted. “We have to have an approach that is reasonable.”
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