Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) will meet with President Barack Obama Tuesday afternoon to talk about the chances of getting comprehensive immigration reform or the DREAM Act passed in the lame duck session, a House Democratic source said.
Immigration advocates want to know how much the White House supports a vote on either bill in the next few weeks. Menendez said on a conference call with reporters Monday that the White House is "ready and willing" to talk about immigration.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) could bring the DREAM Act to the floor as early as this week.
The measure provides a path to citizenship for young illegal immigrants who attend college for two years or join the military.
The Senate blocked the DREAM Act and a repeal of the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy when both measures were attached to a defense authorization measure in September, just before adjourning for campaign season.