I’ve learned that Gutierrez met Thursday with Rubio, the Florida Republican — and son of Cuban immigrants — in his Senate office here. On Dec. 12, Gutierrez huddled with Ryan — the Wisconsin Republican who was Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate — at his House office…

Not well known, Gutierrez noted, is that he and Ryan share some history: In 2005, Ryan was a co-sponsor of bipartisan and bi-cameral comprehensive immigration reform legislation carried in the House by Gutierrez and Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.). “It wasn’t like it was a long line of Republicans supporting it. He’s always supported immigration reform,” Gutierrez said…

“I had a good meeting with Sen. Rubio and I look forward to talking to him against early and often in the New Year. As I have said, he can play a very important role on the immigration issue and will help the Republican Party address the immigration issue in a productive way, in a way that resonates both with Latinos and the rest of America,” Gutierrez said.