President Obama is expected to meet with progressive, labor and business leaders at the White House today, hoping to enlist their support on immigration reform. The Administration says it is part of the President’s continuing “dialogue with outside leaders on a number of issues – including immigration reform and how it fits into his broader economic agenda, and his efforts to achieve balanced deficit reduction.” The meetings come as the House Judiciary Committee plans to hold a hearing on the subject this morning. Much of the focus has been on the plans released last week by President Obama and the so-called “Gang of 8” senators, but the Republican-controlled House is also looking for a place at the immigration table. A bipartisan House group is said to be working on their own comprehensive proposal that is reportedly even further along than the Senate plan. For now it is difficult to see where the best path to passing legislation lies, but one thing is clear: not too many lawmakers want to be left behind. We will get an update on where immigration legislation stands from NBC’s Luke Russert and discuss the prospects for comprehensive reform with our panel when we see you at noon eastern on msnbc.
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