Florida Senator Marco Rubio told Congress it was better for them to reach an agreement on a deal regarding immigration reform than for President Obama to issue an executive order, ABC News reported. Rubio was a member of the Senate group that helped pass a bipartisan bill in June that offered citizenship to undocumented immigrants for tighter border security.
Many Republican and conservative members of Congress are not fans of the bill because they don’t want to provide legal status to undocumented immigrants. However, Rubio said that they can pass a bill including border security and legalization, or they could do nothing and wait for the president to give those immigrants citizenship. The source stated Obama issued a similar executive order in 2012 for the DREAM Act through the enactment of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
The act provides young and undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country when they were children relief from deportation. According to ABC, more than 400,000 people benefited from the program.
Although Rubio warned Congress it needed to act before the president does, ABC said Obama has previously stated he would not take executive action to deal with immigration issues although the country has seen a record number of deportations under his leadership. Immigration activists have been pressuring Obama to stop these deportations, especially for those who would qualify for legal status if the Senate bill were enacted as law.
Eleven months after Obama said he didn’t believe in issuing executive orders, he enacted the DACA program. Obama thinks it’s important for the country to do something about immigration reform so there are no more tragic stories of deportation. Although the president has no intentions of issuing another executive order, ABC said if enough Republicans are scared by Rubio’s argument of passing immigration reform then it could boost action in the House of Representatives.