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Senator Rubio Details His Vision For Immigration Reform (Video)


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By Javier Manjarres

 U.S. Senator Marco Rubio is continuing to outflank President Obama on the issue of immigration reform, as Rubio is using every opportunity to seize the initiative on the issue and articulate his vision of reform before the inauguration of President Obama’s second term.   

During an appearance on Fox News’ ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ Rubio told host Bill O’Reilly that our current immigration system is “antiquated” and needs to be “modernized for farm workers.”  Just this week, Florida Congressman Dennis Ross proposed a guest worker farm bill that would allow immigrants to work ten months out of the year and incentivize them to go back to their country of origin at the end of their work term through the implementation of ‘trust funds’ that they pay into. The trust funds would only release the taxed dollars back to the worker at the time of his or her departure from the United States.

Rubio insists that “we need to up the number” of skilled-labor immigrants, as according to the Senator, only “six and a half percent” are here on “skill and talent” alone. 

Second, Rubio says that immigrants need to be tracked due to the fact that 40 percent or more of the illegal immigration that occurs in the U.S. is tied to the overstaying of legitimate visas given to tourists or visitors-

 O’Reilly: “Yeah, they just stay. Well, all of that with the technology we have should be doable. But the real elephant in the room are the 12 million illegal aliens already here.”

 Rubio: “Well, and look I don’t like that either. I wish we didn’t have 8 or 12 million people here that are undocumented, but we do, and we have to deal with it. But we have to deal with it in a way that’s compassionate but also responsible.”

Rubio’s tone and rhetoric has worked thus far, but using heavily misused verbiage such as “compassionate” and “responsible” when describing how illegal immigration needs to be reformed could  make many pro-legal immigration supporters take pause with Rubio, as they might make the assumption that he’s teeing up a more liberal approach to immigration reform.

Rubio went on to tell O’Reilly what will be expected of illegal immigrants who come forward and ‘out’ themselves under his vision immigration reform-

 You have to come forward, you have to be finger printed, background checked for national security and crimes, you have to pay back taxes, you have to pay fines, you have to have been here for a significant period of time, know English and be assimilated.  And if you do all of those things, what you get is a work permit, basically.  A legal status, not a green card, to allow you to be in this country legally and to work.”

Rubio also indicated that these immigrants will be able to obtain a driver’s license to work- an issue that could open up a whole slew of problems including voter fraud.  Rubio does state that these immigrants will not be afforded “any federal benefits.”

I won’t go on the record stating that Senator Rubio co-opted my idea of giving those illegal immigrants who come forward a probationary period to ‘prove themselves’ as upstanding and productive residents before given the opportunity to apply for permanent residency- let’s just say that the idea was “floated” to him. ;)

Rubio says that immigrants would have to be in a “category for a significant period of time” and then if they mind their P’s and Q’s, they would be given the opportunity to “apply for the existing legal immigration system.” 

 They apply for a green card. And then after you get your green card, you have to wait another five years to apply for citizenship, which you have to pass the exam and do all the other stuff.” - Senator Marco Rubio

 Watch the whole interview here, and share the article below. Thanks!

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About author

Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor

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  1. Lightweight January 17, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    “antiquated” and needs to be “modernized ? How about like never once enforced.8 to 12 million ? In 2006 we were told it was 20 million.Rubio and O’Reilly is talking to stupid people.The only elephant in the room is the republican party who has no other option but to merge with the democrats.

  2. VIVA RUBIO 2016!!! January 17, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    I like Rubio’s plan on Immigration. I think it’s fair and I think it is very important that we as Republicans pass Rubio’s bill and not let Obama and the Democrats try to pass their “LIBERAL AMNESTY” first and get bogged down in a fight that will make Republicans look like the ones that are against Hispanics and then the Dem’s will get all the credit when the bill passes! Republicans will get more Hispanic votes out of this but we must continue to work with Hispanics and let them see that we are the party that offers more then the Dem’s. Hispanics are the fast growing minority in the U.S. and most of them are Conservative and we are going to need their votes to save our party and our Country!. Romney was horrible at reaching out to Hispanics and it showed. Romney got 24% of he Hispanic vote and Obama got over 71% HELLO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. way2confused January 18, 2013 at 9:58 am

    There would be one very simple way to give illegals a drivers license which will identify them as non-citizens (and thus unable to vote) by simply putting a different color background on their license or photo ID. And make it the same nationwide.

    • Rich January 19, 2013 at 10:31 am

      How about we give illegal aliens 90 days to go home, no questions asked and they can take their money and possessions with them before we begin deporting them and they lose everything?