msnbc | February 17, 2013
>>> we are learning the specifics the president's plan on immigration reform . kristen welker is traveling with the president in port st. lucie. what are the details of the preside president's plan?
>> usa today is reporting they were given a draft copy of the president's proposal. increasing funding for border security and requiring employers to check immigration status. white house chief of staff dennis mcdonough did not confirm it. we heard the president saying he will be ready with his plan if congress cannot act. there are some members putting together a form. they have confidence the group of senators will put something on the table. here is what more of what the chief of staff had to say earlier today. take a listen.
>> we want to continue building on the strides we made on border security . we want there to be an earned path to citizenship. we want the legal system which is too cumbersome and broken, we want that to be reformed as well.
>> reporter: so he really mapped out the president's principles when it comes to immigration reform . alex, just this past week, the president met with democratic senators working on an immigration reform bill. we have not seen any legislation, but by all accounts, this is moving forward. immigration reform has a fair amount of broad bipartisan support. the devil is in the details. we are waiting to see what members of congress are coming up with.
>> we have gotten reaction from one republican senator to this plan, right?
>> reporter: we have. senator marco rubio . one of the republicans spearheading the effort. sharp words for the plan in the usa today report. alex, if actually proposed, it would be dead on arrival . congress leaving us with unsecured borders and broken immigration system for years to come. rubio has said that citizenship should depend on first making sure that the borders are secure. that is something that is being debated in congress. the senator making the argument that the president's plan leaking outdoes not help the immigration to move forward. we will have to see what happens moving forward. there are folks on both sides of the aisle working on immigration reform . after the 2012 race, president obama came away with a large number of latino voters.