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Senators to outline bipartisan immigration plan – Rep. Gutierrez (D-IL) and Rep. Diaz-Balart (R-FL) on what needs to be done

Today, the Senate's 'group of eight,' including Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) will reportedly unveil their proposal to reform our nation's immigration system. This plan comes a day before President Obama announces his own immigration proposal in Las Vegas.

The plan includes items such as a pathway to citizenship provided that our borders are secured, reforming the current system to attract the best and brightest from other countries and creating an effective employment verification system. The proposal will also discuss improving the process for admitting workers in the future.

This morning Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) speak to Soledad O’Brien to discuss the proposal.

Rep. Gutierrez says during his immigration reform meeting on Friday, the president said he is going to make immigration reform his top priority. He says the one sticking point may be the road to citizenship, but he thinks “we’re going to be able to overcome it because...there’s a real urgency to this matter.”

"In the end [undocumented immigrants] are going to become American citizens one way or another. It’s a question is when it’s going to be,” he adds. Gutierrez says he wants the undocumented to integrate themselves, make a commitment and to have to fulfill all the responsibilities that American citizens are required to do fulfill.

Rep. Diaz-Balart says he and his colleagues have been hammering out their differences and the details on immigration reform for years and “what has to be rather extensive.”

“All of it is broken and all of it has to be fixed. It’s been a very difficult process,” Rep. Diaz-Balart says.

The Florida congressman says he is however proud of the work he and his colleagues have done and that they have “been able to do it quietly, try to solve this broken problem.”

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