LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — An all-star cast of Hollywood celebrities turned the White House brown on Thursday in a bid to jump-start the national debate on immigration reform.

Rosario Dawson, Eva Longoria and America Ferrara were among the group of prominent Latino celebrities and activists that visited President Barack Obama on Thursday to offer their insights on how to restart the administration’s bid to overhaul U.S. immigration policy.

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The White House said the meeting, which also included local radio show host Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo, was “to discuss the importance of fixing the broken immigration system.”

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Obama wants to overhaul the nation’s immigration system to provide a path to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants — a plan unlikely to move forward anytime soon on Capitol Hill with Republicans controlling the House.

But with Latino voters an increasingly important force going into the 2012 election, Obama is determined to show engagement on the issue.

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