Here is video of Sen. Marco Rubio talking with Lou Dobbs last night about his plan for “Comprehensive Immigration Reform,” specifically answering a question about fellow-GOP Sen. Ted Cruz’s reservations about the “path to citizenship” part of the plan. Rubio explained that he in no way wants to disadvantage people who have obeyed the law. The plan will not allow those here illegally to “leap-frog” those already “in line” for citizenship. Rubio said it will only give “legal status” to those here illegally, allowing them to work and if they meet all requirements over a lengthy period of time, will allow them to go to the back of the line and apply like they should have done to begin with. Rubio stressed that enforcement mechanisms and securing the border are key components of the plan that must be met.
Here is Sen. Marco Rubio on with Lou Dobbs last night where he discussed the “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” plan he has brought forward as part of the bi-partisan “Gang of 8″ Senators.
Here is video of Sen. Jeff Sessions yesterday on the Senate Floor reacting to the “Comprehensive Immigration Plan” put out by the “Gang of 8″ Senators. Sessions agreed that the U.S. Immigration system needs to be fixed, but he is skeptical about the plan being brought forward because the border needs to be secured first. Sessions also pointed to President Obama’s repeated moves to undermine the ability of law enforcement to enforce current laws related to illegal immigration.
Here is Sen. Marco Rubio standing with Senators John McCain, Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin and Bob Menendez in support of their bi-partisan “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” plan. Rubio explained his support for the plan that would provide a “pathway to citizenship” for the millions of illegal immigrants already in the United States. He explained that would come only after the Border is secured, and after those who have applied to come legally have been processed.
Today on ABC News’ “This Week,” Sen. John McCain talked about the bi-partisan push underway on Immigration Reform. McCain said he was pleased with a “new appreciation” on the GOP side of the aisle that “Comprehensive Reform” must take place. McCain said a “Path to Citizenship” has to be a part of the reform. McCain flatly said what they will bring forward is “not that much different” than what they tried to pass in 2007 with President George W. Bush.
The New York Times reports that President Obama will present a “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” Plan in the near future, perhaps during his “State of the Union” Address to Congress on February 12:
NEW YORK TIMES: President Obama plans to push Congress to move quickly in the coming months on an ambitious overhaul of the immigration system that would include a path to citizenship for most of the 11 million illegal immigrants in the country, senior administration officials and lawmakers said last week.
Mr. Obama and Senate Democrats will propose the changes in one comprehensive bill, the officials said, resisting efforts by some Republicans to break the overhaul into smaller pieces — separately addressing young illegal immigrants, migrant farmworkers or highly skilled foreigners — which might be easier for reluctant members of their party to accept.
The president and Democrats will also oppose measures that do not allow immigrants who gain legal status to become American citizens one day, the officials said. . . .
Mr. Obama is expected to lay out his plan in the coming weeks, perhaps in his State of the Union address early next month, administration officials said. The White House will argue that its solution for illegal immigrants is not an amnesty, as many critics insist, because it would include fines, the payment of back taxes and other hurdles for illegal immigrants who would obtain legal status, the officials said. . . . Read More