Marco Rubio started the Republican ball rolling on illegal immigration reform. He is a member of the bipartisan immigration committee in the Senate.
He has, however, made it clear that any comprehensive plan must include border security.
The President, in his State of the Union, revealed a much faster and more aggressive plan for a path to citizenship, one which seemingly ignores border security with the promise of doing it later.
Rubio recently said in an appearance on the Rush Limbaugh show:
“He [President Obama] can either decide that he wants to be part of the solution, or he can decide he wants to be part of a political issue and try to trigger a bidding war. I’m not going to be part of a bidding war to see who can come up with the most lenient path forward,” Rubio said during an interview on Rush Limbaugh’s radio program before Obama’s speech.
“If he’s gone to Las Vegas to give a speech and try to trigger a bidding war, then no, it doesn’t bode well. There won’t be a solution. We’ll just continue to have what we have now, because that issue I think is a bright line for most of us that are involved in this effort. Unless there’s real enforcement triggers, we’re not going to have a bill that moves on.”
The senate committee unveiled their proposal on January 28th. It is a broad plan yet to be defined and it allows most of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants currently living in the country to eventually become citizens. It includes border security with measures such as a strong employment verification system, the addressing of VISA overstays, and increased border control with unmanned drones and stricter security checks.