Monday in politics: Senators outline immigration reform, and more

Phil Pruitt
The Ticket

This is starting off as immigration week in Washington.

A bipartisan group of senators is expected to announce at a Monday afternoon press conference the outline of sweeping legislation to rewrite the nation's immigration laws.

The deal, the Associated Press reports, covers border security, guest workers and employer verification, as well as a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country.

The senators in the group are Democrats Charles Schumer of New York, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Michael Bennet of Colorado; and Republicans John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Marco Rubio of Florida and Jeff Flake of Arizona.

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama will travel to Nevada to lay out his vision for immigration reform, and his ideas are expected to overlap with the Senate plan.

Also worth noting on Monday: Obama will meet with police chiefs from three towns that have experienced mass shootings. The chiefs are from Aurora, Colo., where 12 were killed in a movie theater; Oak Creek, Wis., where six died in a Sikh temple assault; and Newtown, Conn., scene of the most recent mass tragedy that left 20 first-graders dead.

Vice President Joe Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano also will attend, as will representatives from the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the Major County Sheriffs Association.

And then there is this: It has been five years since President George W. Bush delivered his final State of the Union address to Congress.

Sources: Yahoo News’ The Ticket, Associated Press, and Reuters.