The “Gang of Eight” immigration reform bill is 95 percent complete, according to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-FL, who is spearheading the plan. The potential 2016 presidential candidate and son of Cuban immigrants argues that the bill is mandatory for improving the state of the country, including the economic forecast and the job market. However, some politicians are concerned about the current draft’s border security propositions.
Border security is the main topic of the 5 percent of the bill that is incomplete. Negotiators are looking for more specifics of the plan, but it cannot hinder the main goal of the reform, which is to provide a path to legal U.S. citizenship for immigrants currently living in the United States illegally, according to NBC News.
“I would simply say to our colleagues we are open, if you want greater specificity about what that border plan looks like, we’re open to that,” Sen. Bob Menendez , D-NJ, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program June 16. “But what we cannot have and what I cannot support and what I believe the community cannot support at the end of the day is that we’re going to have triggers that can never be achieved in terms of border security as an impediment to the pathway to legalization and citizenship.
According to Fox News, lawmakers from both parties began formal debates on the proposal, which also includes an increased availability of high-tech worker visas and a low-skilled guest worker program. The legislation will have a smaller emphasis on family ties for legal immigration as well as tougher border security. Some politicians are also arguing for stricter health care and Social Security measures.
Officials believe a majority of Americans and politicians are ready for a comprehensive immigration reform.