Obama to meet with Latino Dems on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama will meet with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus about efforts to overhaul the U.S. immigration system.

Obama will meet with the group of Latino Democrats on Thursday afternoon at the White House. The chair of the caucus, Texas Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, is expected to attend.

The meeting comes as immigrant rights activists who are frustrated by the lack of progress in Congress have been pressuring Obama to halt all deportations. Obama says he doesn't have the power to take that step unilaterally.

The Senate has passed a comprehensive immigration bill with strong bipartisan support that would create a pathway for citizenship for the 11 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally. But the issue has languished in the Republican-controlled House.