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President Barack Obama’s administration is meeting with Los Angeles area leaders as part of an initiative to help immigrants become U.S. citizens.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, local nonprofits and business owners are among those meeting today with the White House’s Task Force on New Americans, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Mayor Garcetti tells the LA Times that there are 350,000 legal permanent residents in Los Angeles who are eligible to apply for citizenship but haven’t. The White House Task Force is starting their campaign in California and Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Jose have all signed up to participate. Cities in 25 other states will also take part in the discussions as the Presidential team tours the United States.

Today’s talks are part of a closed-door meeting.

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