Senator Marco Rubio has announced his new ideas to modernize immigration reform, according to a recent interview he had with The Wall Street Journal. His plan would include a route to citizenship for those who are undocumented in the United States, as well as a provision for permanent residency. A change to the current immigration system, which states that only 6.5 percent of people can come to the country based on labor and skill, is at the forefront of his plan.
Rubio, the son of working-class Cuban exiles, has seen the immigration experience first hand and has been vocal on the debate since he was elected to his first Senate term in 2010. However, after President Obama announced the DREAM Actin 2012, Rubio put his plans on hold.
“Here’s how I envision it,” Rubio told The Journal. “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.”
Rubio also stated his support for the E-Verify system, which allows a company to determine if a worker is legal. In addition, he voiced his backing of an increase of the cap on high- and low-skilled workers, and believes that immigrants need to “earn” their American citizenship.
According to The Washington Post, Rubio’s plans would include tighter restrictions at the border, but allow for eased regulations on individuals who are “waiting in line.” His stance is a middle ground between both political parties, and he believes that this comprehensive plan is something that the American people can support.