“I am very optimistic based on conversations with Republicans in the House and Senate that we will do more than just talk about the immigration issue this year,” he added. Congressman Gutierrez was the leading Democratic House sponsor of the last drive for comprehensive immigration reform during the George W. Bush administration.
Democrats aren’t the only ones mulling a plan. Sen. Marco Rubio (R) of Florida has offered the broad contours of a conservative immigration reform proposal in recent weeks, albeit one featuring a longer, more difficult path to US citizenship than Democrats or the president are likely to favor.
In the House, Rep. Raul Labrador (R) of Idaho told reporters that he met with colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee this week to discuss immigration reform proposals. Representative Labrador, who worked as an immigration lawyer for more than a decade, does not favor a path to citizenship for most unauthorized immigrants.
A bipartisan group of eight senators is reportedly close to a deal on comprehensive reform measures and could announce a proposal as soon as next Friday, according to several reports.