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Schwarzenegger joins Obama for immigration talks

In this file photo from Dec. 10, 2008, Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger calls on state lawmakers to settle their differences and reach a solution to the growing state budget deficit during a Capitol news conference in Sacramento, Calif. (Rich Pedroncelli)

April 19, 2011 12:22:58 AM PDT
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will be at the White House on Tuesday to take part in talks on immigration with President Barack Obama.

The mayors of New York and San Antonio and Philadelphia's police commissioner will also be in attendance.

Obama is bringing the group together in an attempt to show a wide and varied support for an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws.

The White House said in a statement that Obama was holding the meeting to discuss the importance of fixing the nation's "broken immigration system" to meet the country's 21st century economic and national security needs.

Obama has been under fire from Latino and immigration activists and Spanish-language media for failing to take up immigration in his first term. He has been consistently reminded of his campaign promise to address immigration early in his administration.

Although Obama has repeatedly said he is committed to immigration overhaul, the deportation of a record 393,000 immigrants last year and other enforcement tactics during his administration have drawn criticism in the immigrant and Hispanic communities.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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