Republicans are immediately panning a proposal being drafted by the White House that would allow illegal immigrants to obtain legal status within eight years.
The proposal was described in a article by USA Today, which obtained a copy of the emerging plan from an administration official.
According to USA Today:
People would need to pass a criminal background check, submit biometric information and pay fees to qualify for the new visa. If approved, they would be allowed to legally reside in the U.S. for four years, work and leave the country for short periods of time. After the four years, they could then reapply for an extension.
The immigrants could then apply for legal permanent residence, commonly known as a green card, within eight years if they learn English and “the history and government of the United States” and pay back taxes. That would then clear the path for them to apply for U.S. citizenship.
Sen Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) described the plan as “Dead on Arrival” in the Senate
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 criticized the White House for preparing its bill without input from Congress.
Sen Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said the bill was so bad it was now clear the White House doesn’t really want to obtain immigration reform and hopes instead to use the issue to clobber Republicans.