Sen. Marco Rubio immediately criticized a surfaced draft of the President Obama’s immigration reform plan, which calls for a new visa for undocumented immigrants and would allow them to become legal residents within eight years.
The bill, which was published by USA Today from an Obama administration, would provide for more security funding and require business owners to check the immigration status of potential employees within four years.
The reform is also believed to seek more border patrol agents and to add 140 immigration judges to the bench to adjudicate cases speedily.
“It’s a mistake for the White House to draft immigration legislation without seeking input from Republican members of Congress,” the statement, released by Marco Rubio’s office, begins.
It claims that the proposed reform is “half-baked and seriously flawed” and declares that “if actually proposed, the President’s bill would be dead on arrival in Congress.”
Rubio’s press release criticizes the new immigration bill for not being tough enough on border security and for failing to reward “those who chose to do things the right way and come here legally” over “those who broke our immigration laws.”
The senator said Obama’s bill repeats the failures of past legislation, The Christian Post writes.
“It fails to follow through on previously broken promises to secure our borders, creates a special pathway that puts those who broke our immigration laws at an advantage over those who chose to do things the right way and come here legally, and does nothing to address guest workers or future flow, which serious immigration experts agree is critical to preventing future influxes of illegal immigrants.
Last month Rubio revealed his own plan of the immigration reform aimed to simplify receiving of permanent citizenship for skilled engineers and seasonal farm workers to immigrate.
The senator also wants to strengthen border enforcement and immigration laws. He favors dealing with the millions of undocumented migrants in the country by allowing them to “earn” a working permit, and eventually citizenship.
“I don’t think that in the 21st century we can continue to have an immigration system where only 6.5 percent of people who come here, come here based on labor and skill,” he said while outlining his plan, and added that the nation should move toward merit and skill-based immigration.
“They would have to come forward. They would have to undergo a background check. … They would have to pay a fine, pay back taxes, maybe even do community service. They would have to prove they’ve been here for an extended period of time. They understand some English and are assimilated. Then most of them would get legal status and be allowed to stay in this country.”
Other lawmakers – a bipartisan team in the House and the “gang of 8” in the Senate – are also getting ready to present their own proposals. But the U.S. president has previously announced that if Congress fails to act quickly, he will offer up his bill for a vote.