By JAVIER MANJARRESSenator Marco Rubio took to the Senate floor to explain his newly introduce immigration reform bill that has turned out to be a bit problematic for him, a bill that is raising questions from people from both sides of the immigration discussion.
Rubio says that the illegal immigration problem is fueled by the ‘supply and demand’ for jobs that isn’t being met legally, adding that the bill “mandates” that all U.S. employers must comply with an E-Verify program.
On the issue of the U.S. border, Rubio says that the Department of Homeland Security is required to come up with two border security plans, a border plan, and a fencing plan. After all, the border issue is a national security “risk.”
We have been saying this all along
But while Rubio and others have stated that, in order for them to support this bill, the border must be completely secured, Rubio gives himself and others a little wiggle room by saying the bill will call for 100% border awareness, and only 90% enforcement. This means that 9 out of 10 illegal immigrants need to be caught.By far the most attractive aspect of the bill is the involvement of the individual border states. According to Rubio, the federal government is given 5 years to reach this awareness and enforcement goal.
If they fail to reach the goal in those 5 years, “the issue is turned over to state officials to take care of it themselves.”
If the federal government refuses to secure the border, the states of New Mexico, Texas and Arizona, and California, through their governors and their leaders, they will finish the job.-Senator Marco Rubio
Rubio then addresses the obvious fact that there are millions of illegal immigrants currently living in the U.S., who will be here for the rest of their lives. He adds that its in our nations best interest to deal with this reality.
Then Rubio dives right into the immigrant work visas aspect of the bill, saying that these immigrants would have to re-apply for the same work visa after six years, pay the same fines and taxes, and prove that they have been paying taxes all along.
Again, Rubio is right on immigration, but does anyone find it odd that President Obama, Sen. Schumer and other supporters of full amnesty for illegal immigrants, would now go along with this kind of bill? These are the same people that have, for years, fought these very same measures they are now supporting. Buyer beware.Watch the speech below
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