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February 12, 2016

What Rubio Wants Out of Immigration Markup

As the Senate immigration bill moves toward a markup in the Judiciary Committee, Sen. Marco Rubio is signaling the changes he supports as he works to make the legislation more palatable to conservatives.

The Florida Republican is a key architect of the “gang of eight” proposal, and his continued backing is crucial to its prospects. A Rubio aide on Wednesday provided CQ Roll Call with a “sampling” of the kinds of amendments to the bill that the senator will urge the Judiciary Committee to approve. About 300 amendments have been filed in committee.

Changes Rubio would support include:

  • An amendment mandating that specific portions of the southwest border be fenced with double-layered fencing, along with the funding to do it.
  • Amendments that would strengthen the grounds for ineligibility/inadmissibility for currently undocumented aliens convicted of more than one misdemeanor.
  • Amendments that would increase the number of background checks that immigrants are subject to as they go through the process to make sure they do not violate the criminal/national security grounds for eligibility. The issue has cropped up in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing.
  • Amendments that go after immigrants who commit welfare fraud, and by extension, those that create a rebuttable presumption that an immigrant is a public charge if they accept state and local welfare benefits.
  • Amendments that eliminate all of the exceptions for eligibility for the┬áRegistered Provision Immigrant program for people who were illegally here and were either removed or left the country after Dec. 31, 2011 and then re-entered illegally. They should not be allowed to qualify for a program when they don’t meet the physical presence requirement that we fought for, Rubio contends.
  • Stanley

    So Marco Rubio lied to Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin and the thousands of us who supported his Senate candidacy.

    Nothing above in any of Rubio’s amendments outlines securing the border and enforcing the laws BEFORE the legalization amnesty occurs — which is what Rubio had promised.

    Perhaps Mr. Drucker and other members of the media will finally ask Rubio some reasonably tough questions such as:

    The Fence Act that passed in 2006 mandated about 700 miles of double-layered fencing. Does Rubio support this?

    Does Rubio support mandatory nationwide E-Verify NOW, before any “probationary legal status” (amnesty)?

    In other words, is this bill enforcement first or legalization first?

    What are the concrete metrics used to measure border security?

    Does the bill complete the border fence and secure all ports of entry?

    How will the bill impact American workers and wages (especially in light of our high U-6 unemployment rate)?

    Who gets amnesty and how many?

    Does the bill put a stop to sanctuary cities and resume cooperation with local law enforcement?

    Does the bill rescind Obama’s unlawful executive de facto amnesty orders?

    How does the bill guarantee that the Administration will not ignore future laws as it has with the laws already on the books?

    How does the bill ensure that federal public charge law is enforced and that illegal immigrants do not access the welfare state through the granting of green cards and citizenship?

    What are the long terms costs?

    Does this bill end or truly limit chain migration? How so?

    How about it David, can you PLEASE seek detailed answers to these questions?

    • American

      Perhaps you missed the bold printed statement about Rubio wanting certain portions of the border secured with the double fencing along with the financing to do the job.

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