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Mel Martinez at the White House to talk immigration with president

The former Florida senator is at the White House today, meeting with President Obama and other administration officials to talk about immigration reform. The White House says the president plans to "discuss how we can work together to foster a constructive national conversation on this important issue as we work to build a bipartisan consensus in Congress."

Martinez, who left office in 2009, often found himself at odds with his party for backing comprehensive immigration reform. He has warned fellow Republicans that some of the party's immigration talk could alienate Hispanics. He's one of about 18 outsiders, including NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Calif Guv. Arnold Schwarzenegger at the event.