Daily Roundup: Immigration Reform Blueprint and Response

Por en Chicago 01/29/13 12:56pm

U.S. President Barack Obama waves from the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, January 29, 2013. Obama is traveling to Las Vegas for an announcement on immigration reform. REUTERS/Jason Reed

President Obama is expected to give his immigration reform address in Las Vegas at 1:55 p.m. CT

Key elements of his vision were released on the White House’s site yesterday. For those who have not read the document, they include border security, employer accountability, responsibility for people who are living here illegally and a pathway to citizenship.

Yesterday was marked by the bipartisan plan unveiled by five of the eight senators, four from each party, who had worked on the agreement.

The plan, crafted by four Republicans and four Democrats, is comprised of four elements: creating a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants (contingent upon securing the nation’s borders first), reforming the legal immigration system, establishing an effective employment verification system, and creating an improved process for admitting into the U.S. valuable workers, CBS News said.

The pathway to citizenship, which could be a flashpoint for conservative opponents, especially in the House of Representatives.

This was just one of many reactions to the senators’ plan.

The Daily Herald wrote about local immigration groups’ having a favorable response. Gay activists responded favorably, too, according to conservative blog Illinois Review.

Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times commented on the rare, and potentially temporary, senatorial cooperation. Halimah Abdullah of CNN questioned whether this was a function of a new spirit of bipartisanship or political necessity.

Illinois Review linked to a video of Florida Senator Marco Rubio advancing the plan on the O’Reilly Factor. Rubio also pushed the plan on Rush Limbaugh’s show.

Illinois Review also posted freshman Senator Ted Cruz’s critique of the plan.

For her part, Maureen Mackay of Business Insider posted 21 surprising facts about illegal immigration.

Obama will offer his own facts in his address, which is slated to begin in a little more than an hour.