Florida Sen. Marco Rubio called details of President Obama’s leaked immigration proposal “half-baked” on Saturday and predicted that the measure would be “dead on arrival in Congress.”
Rubio, who is spending this week in the Middle East, was responding to a story published online Saturday by USA Today which revealed that the draft bill would allow illegal immigrants in the U.S. to apply for newly created “Lawful Prospective Immigrant” visas. The bill would also provide more security funding and require that businesses verify the immigration status of new hires within four years, according to the report.
“It’s a mistake for the White House to draft immigration legislation without seeking input from Republican members of Congress,” Rubio said in a statement. “President Obama’s leaked immigration proposal is disappointing to those of us working on a serious solution. The president’s bill repeats the failures of past legislation.
“It fails to follow through on previously broken promises to secure our borders, creates a special pathway that puts those who broke our immigration laws at an advantage over those who chose to do things the right way and come here legally, and does nothing to address guest workers or future flow, which serious immigration experts agree is critical to preventing future influxes of illegal immigrants,” Rubio explained.