Mitchell Reports | January 31, 2013
>> obama's labor secretary, hilda solis made history. she's the first latino wra to head up a double agency. the daughter of immigrant and nicaraguan parents -- former secretary solis join me now just out of office, making the transition, heading back to los angeles . we'll talk about that what & what lies ahead.
>> you were with the president when he we want to nevada this week, spoke on immigration. there does seem to be despite all the obstacles a sense of possibility now that we have a bipartisan coalition in the senate. what is your percent peck having been with the president on air force one.
>> i think that there's obviously this grand movement now and this collaboration on a bipartisan level, to that helps to set the environment, i think, but there's still a lot of work to do. the president admits that as we get closer to a resolution or an actual law, that it's going to be tougher. there will be a lot of sack feeses made there. we still need the public to be engaged, and that's why he went out directly to las vegas where the support was overwhelming for him, for many progressives who were thinking about immigration reform , and i think it was a good way of telling the latino community and all the other immigrant groups that right now are faced with problems and immigration because it's a broken system, that, hey, we're going to get this done. we're going to get it done if n a timely fashion.
>> we see marco rubio joining these senators, but others have -- ted cruz , rush limbaugh and others have taken strong positions against the proposals. how long is the president going to give the senate and the house to try to work this out before he will come forth with his own proposals? sfwli think he said he is looking anywhere from maybe four to five months and he has to work its way through the house, and he isotology see what's going to be put forward. there are goals now as kind of concepts that the senate has come together on, but the house seems to be lagging a bit. he will i'm sure watch how that kind of develops, and if it doesn't go quickly or in a way that he thinks it should, then he is prepared to present his own piece of legislation chshgs i think is good because he really does have a mandate here, and this is one of his big priorities for this term.
>> one of the beg issues as you vu have been in charge of an aspect of the economic policy here in the administration, unemployment, we talk to you every month about that. is the undocumented immigrants . the pushback you're seeing from organized labor movement as well to some of the changes that are being proposed. how do you rationalize this between organized labor and the as peerations of those that are undocumented and you believe strongly need a path to citizenship? what do you tell labor unions where their members are saying that these people are going to take jobs away from you?
>> we actually have a lot of education to do because by and large many of those unions in different places, and i'll point to california, large increases have been due to folks from immigrant communities who have now become members of the union movement and they've helped to resurge and expand their region. it's not just in los angeles , but it's in other parts of the country as well. i think it's give and take, but certainly the notion that these people, undocumented, take away their jobs, i think the facts don't bear out. very much in terms of increasing our economic growth and capacity. if we can bring those 12 million or 11 million out of the shadows, that is over $1 trillion that's going to be put into our economy over ten years. that's going help to provide for education, for social security , for all the things that we worry about right now. who is the work force ? where is the work force ? there's a work force right here that we can help engage, put them on a pathway to legalized, earned immigration status that they'll have to earn. they'll have to pay back, you know, penalties, taxes, learn english, get in the back of the line and work their way through it, and i think that the public overwhelmingly supports that notion.
>> do you have any concerns about the way the obama team inside the white house , the cabinet is shaping up so far in the top positions we've seen white men. we've seen a lack of diversity, critics say. there is that iconic picture, we're told, valerie jarrett is separate there behind dan pfiffer, but not really visible. she is a powerful voice. there's no denying that. the most powerful voice probably in the white house . what about lisa jackson that's left, vpa. you're leaving labor. when are we going to see more women?
>> i think that you are going to see more women and more diversity, you will see that coming about. i know that i have been in discussions and people have told me that there is a strong commitment to make sure that latinos, hispanics are represented in the cabinet post as well as women, so i think right now we're a little bit too quick to judge, and right now is a time for all those discussions to happen. i feel very good about that. i think the president is very committed. i mean, he placed me as a first hispanic latina in a cabinet position in the history of our u.s. government , so there's more opportunity for us, and i see him very much at ease and confident about what he wants to do in this last term.
>> thanks very much. safe travels to you. i know you're heading back to the coast and politics in your future. some offices you're eyeing. we look forward to hearing from you.
>> thank you so much.
>> many thanks.