President Obama will meet today with the two top Republicans who are leading the Senate effort to draft comprehensive immigration reform legislation.
Obama will sit down at the White House this afternoon with Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a White House official confirmed.
The meeting comes one week after the president reached out via phone to Republican members of the “Gang of Eight,” a group of bipartisan senators who unveiled a framework for legislative immigration reform last month.
The group’s two other Republican members, Marco Rubio of Florida and Jeff Flake of Arizona, will not attend today’s meeting.
Overhauling the nation’s immigration system is a top priority for the president in his second term. While significant differences remain between the administration and the Republicans, McCain told The Associated Press last week that he was “guardedly optimistic” an agreement could be reached by the end of March.
Earlier this month, Obama met with the Democratic members of the “Gang of Eight” to discuss progress made on passing immigration reform legislation.