President Obama is set to begin his push for immigration reform today at a campaign-style event in Las Vegas, Nevada – a state where Latinos make up about 20% of the population. The President’s speech comes after the bipartisan “Gang of 8” senators unveiled their immigration plans on Monday. The White House says the President will largely endorse the group’s proposals, though he’s expected to include a faster pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants. He did put forth immigration plans in 2011 but the legislation did not get far in congress. The moves follow a 2012 election in which President Obama and democrats won an overwhelming majority of Hispanic votes. As a result, republicans have renewed efforts to reach out to the Latino community. The latest bipartisan effort could provide a boost to the party, but some House GOP members aren’t exactly giving it their full throated endorsement. Those same House members received a little guidance on Monday, when the Hispanic arm of a top GOP Super PAC offered its recommendations of “dos and don’ts” for lawmakers when talking about immigration reform. Will republicans, both literally and figuratively, get the memo? Will the President’s plan break significantly from the Senate group’s guidelines? And is the U.S. finally on the path to comprehensive immigration reform? We’ll try to answer those questions and more when we see you at noon ET on msnbc.
Bill Burton, Executive Vice President, Global Strategy Group/former senior advisor to Priorities USA Action
Jake Sherman, Congressional Reporter, Politico (@jakesherman)
Karen Finney, Fmr. DNC Communications Director/msnbc Political Analyst (@finneyk)
David Corn, Washington Bureau Chief, Mother Jones (@davidcorndc)
Michael Waldman, President, Brennan Center for Justice (@BrennanCenter)