Sen. Marco Rubio, one of the leading officiators of the “Gang of Eight” group, has doubts about the Senate’s comprehensive immigration bill passing in a Republican-led House of Representatives. Regardless, Rubio vouched that he would work on these issues in spite of political differences.
“The immigration-reform bill in the Senate is a solid starting point for solving this problem, and I believe it can be made even better as Congress begins to actively work on it in committee next week,” Rubio wrote in an opinion piece published in The Wall Street Journal. “But defeating it without offering an alternative cannot be the conservative position on immigration reform. That would leave the issue entirely in the hands of President Obama and leave in place the disastrous status quo.”
Rubio is a top contender for the 2016 Presidential seat, and has been one of the leading Republican negotiators for immigration reform. He has recently been urging the House to make changes to the Gang of Eight bill, not to kill it entirely.
“Let’s try to fix it,” Rubio said in a radio appearance with The Mike Gallagher Show. “Let’s try to change it, but to just say let’s defeat the whole thing, I don’t think that’s a productive approach either.”
Adamant about making changes to the current immigration plan, Rubio has been a firm advocate for tightening border security and mending the U.S. economy. Obama is currently in Mexico discussing border security issues, and he noted that there is much work to be done in this topic area.
“I agreed to continue our close cooperation on security, even as the nature of that cooperation will evolve,” Obama told ABC News. “As I told the [Mexican] president, it is obviously up to the Mexican people to determine their security structures and how it engages with other nations, including the United States.”