Rubio Reveals Parts of ‘Modernization’ Plan for Immigration

“Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, is laying out elements of his proposal to reform the immigration system, which he pitches as much-needed modernization for the outdated system,” CNN reports.

“Rubio, who was elected in 2010 to his first U.S. Senate term, told The Wall Street Journal in an interview published Saturday that his plan would include a permanent residency provision and a route to citizenship for those undocumented immigrants currently in the United States, but he stressed that the plan was ‘not blanket amnesty or a special pathway to citizenship.’”

Unions Ready for Major Amnesty Push

“With victory in sight, SEIU is committing the full force of its 2.1 million members to pushing comprehensive reform in 2013, with plans for rallies around the country, education campaigns for members, and an inside game aimed at lobbying lawmakers in Washington towards a final vote,” Talkingpointsmemo reports.

“The AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest federation of unions, is on board as well; and the two sometimes rival groups are united around a common set of policy principles after splitting on President George W. Bush’s failed immigration effort. Both organizations identify passing a bill that includes a path to citizenship for the undocumented population as one of their absolute top priorities for the 113th Congress.”

Obama Strategy Tied to One Big Bill

“President Obama intends to push lawmakers to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would create a pathway to citizenship for most illegal immigrants, according to a report in the New York Times,” The Hill reports.

“The report, citing senior administration officials, said the White House would press Senate Democrats for action on the measure in the coming months.

Despite coming battles over the budget and the administration’s high-profile push to stem gun violence, Obama has said that immigration reform will be a top priority in his second term.”

Former Salvadoran Officer Faces Sentencing for Immigration Crimes

“A former El Salvadoran military official accused of colluding in the 1989 slaying of six Jesuit priests faces sentencing on immigration charges in federal court in Boston,” the AP reports.

“Inocente Orlando Montano was among 20 Salvadorans indicted in Spain in 2011 for their alleged roles in the killings during El Salvador’s 12-year civil war. Montano has denied any involvement.”

Sen. Schumer Says Amnesty Bill Will Be “Very Tough” on Enforcement

“Speaking at a news conference on Sunday, Sen. Charles Schumer talked about provisions under consideration to be included in the final [amnesty] measure,” CBS news reports.

“’People are tired of two things: they’re tired of illegal immigrants constantly crossing the border with no recourse, and they’re also tired that we don’t treat people who are here as productive American citizens,’ Schumer told reporters including WCBS 880’s Monica Miller.”