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Obama, McCain to meet on immigration reform

President Barack Obama will meet with Sen. John McCain and other lawmakers working on a bipartisan overhaul of the country's immigration system.

The group of senators plans to speak with the president on Tuesday, The Associated Press reported.

The White House would not immediately confirm the meeting.

But McCain mentioned it during a visit to Mexico on Friday, saying he was "guardedly optimistic that we could (reach a deal) by the end of the month," according to the AP.

There are still major disagreements between Democrats and Republicans on the issue.

But Obama is reaching out to the other side of the aisle, calling McCain, Sen. Marco Rubio and other GOP lawmakers about immigration reform earlier in the week, USA Today reported.

He did also tell them he was prepared to submit his own proposal if Congress doesn't act.

Next week's meeting would follow a fiery town hall meeting hosted by McCain in Arizona, where frustrated constituents yelled "Where's the (border) fence?" and other questions at the senator, CNN reported.

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“This is an Orwellian experience,” CNN reported McCain saying to one agitated questioner, telling him to sit down. “You've had enough time, sir. You've had enough time.”

This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.

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