Immigration overhauls might not be happening for now. Marco Rubio says that major reforms are not possible because of politics right now. He said that he has tried, but a massive piece of legislation isn't going to happen.
Rubio brought up the fact that there are 12 million people here who have been in the country for more than a decade. He noted that in order for things to move forward, the influx of undocumented workers has to stop.
In an interview Rubio had, he said that if he is elected as president, he had a plan for handling immigration. He wants all employers to have to use the E-Verify system, which would tell them if employees have a legal status. He would improve border security. He would also implement a tracking system for foreigners who come into and exit the United States. He says that would help to prevent overstays.
The second phase of immigration reform he noted was that there should be more merit-based immigration and less family-based immigration. He said once phase two is implemented, he would support legislation that would allow people who are undocumented and in the United States to have a path to citizenship.
His proposed path to citizenship would include paying taxes, paying a fine to get a permit to work, learning English, passing a background check and then applying for legal residency after a certain time. This path to citizenship would only be offered to people who have been in the country for a decade or more.
Immigration reform is something that many people are calling for. No matter which side of the reform debate you are on, it is important for you to understand changes as they come if you have a personal interest in immigration.
Source: ABC 15, "Marco Rubio: Big immigration reforms impossible now," April. 19, 2015