(KCEN) -- This morning both democratic and republican lawmakers talk immigration reform and how the GOP needs to tackle the issue.
This after the party's poor showing among Latino voters in the presidential election.
Senator John McCain says, "Senator Menendez and I and Senator Schumer, Senator Graham, Senator Durbin and some -- we are -- we've been working together for some weeks now. We'll be coming forward. It's not that much different from what we tried to do in 2007. Martha, what's changed is honestly is that there is a new, I think, appreciation on both sides of the aisle including maybe more importantly on the republican side of the aisle that we have to enact a comprehensive immigration reform bill."
"Looking at making sure employers don't hire individuals who are undocumented, thinking about future flows and how we take care of the American economy by that. But also very clearly having a pathway to earned legalization is an essential element and I think that we are largely moving in that direction as an agreement," says Senator Robert Menendez.
President Obama is expected to kick off a new push on immigration reform on Tuesday.
He has called immigration the top legislative priority of his second term.