President Obama is travelling to Las Vegas on Tuesday and is set to begin his push for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. The White House said, "The President will be traveling to Nevada on Tuesday to redouble the Administration's efforts to work with Congress to fix the broken immigration system this year." President Obama's public campaign is to build support for ONE comprehensive immigration package that will include a pathway to citizenship for the country’s 11 million undocumented immigrants.
bipartisan group of six senators also plans to release a detailed framework
laying out their principals for ONE bill as soon as the end of this week. Senators include: Democrats Charles Schumer of New York, Dick Durbin of Illinois and Robert Menendez of New Jersey; and Republicans John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Marco Rubio of Florida,
On ABC's "This Week" John McCain said, "We can't go on forever with 11 million people living in this country in the shadows in an illegal status. We cannot forever have children who were born here -- who were brought here by their parents when they were small children to live in the shadows, as well." McCain has changed his view since his campaign days where he was opposed to "Amnesty" because he wanted the support of the far right wing. When asked why he had this change of view, McCain responded, "Look at the last election. We are losing dramatically the Hispanic vote, which we think should be ours, for a variety of reasons, and we've got to understand that."
On Fox News Sunday, Sen. Menendez said that "family unification" would be a high priority in any plan, which he said would include Dream Act legislation to provide undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children with a path to citizenship.
With Durbin, Menendez and McCain appearing on Sunday Talk Shows today, all supporting ONE Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill which includes a Pathway to Citizenship and Passage of the DREAM ACT - with citizenship, it will be interesting to see how Marco Rubio explains this approach to his friends in the extreme right wing/Tea Party and Talk Radio. Last week, he told them his recommendations were for a Piece Meal approach and pathway to legalization without citizenship. These changes will certainly anger them. Stay tuned for their attacks against our President AND the Gang of Six, especially Rubio if he supports this plan.