“If actually proposed, the president’s bill would be dead on arrival in Congress, leaving us with unsecured borders and a broken legal immigration system for years to come,” said Rubio.
Senator Rubio is one of the leading lawmakers trying to work out a bipartisan plan to reform immigration laws.
A spokesman for the Obama administration said that the White House still supports a bipartisan plan and is hopeful that one will come from the legislature. The spokesman denied that the administration has proposed a final bill to send to Congress. Rubio, however, was upset with the proposal which the White House leaked to the press.
“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.”
“Much like the president’s self-described ‘stop gap’ Deferred Action measure last year, this legislation is half-baked and seriously flawed,” Rubio added. “It would actually make our immigration problems worse, and would further undermine the American people’s confidence in Washington’s ability to enforce our immigration laws and reform our broken immigration system.”