Florida Senator Marco Rubio published an update on immigration reform in Friday’s Wall Street Journal. It is, not surprisingly, a very strong and persuasive defense of the process to date. Key graphs:
For those who have suggested that the border security triggers outlined in the Senate bill aren’t strong enough, we now have a chance to strengthen them. For those who expressed concerns about giving the federal government too much discretionary power through waivers and exceptions in applying different aspects of the law, we have a chance to make clear exactly how the executive branch must enforce this immigration law and what the consequences are if it doesn’t. For those concerned about the cost of immigration to American taxpayers, we have a chance to make sure the bill lives up to its promise that today’s illegal immigrants are not eligible for federal benefits.
And for those who believe the road ahead for illegal immigrants is too generous or lenient, Congress will have a chance to make it tougher, yet still realistic. No one has a right to violate the immigration laws and remain here with impunity. Finding a sensible way to resolve our illegal-immigration problem must include penalties that show the rest of the world that it really is cheaper, easier and faster to immigrate to the U.S. the right way.
It is all about the amendments. Buckle up. It is going to be a very interesting month of May in the Senate. If you doubt that, read the scores of comments on my Townhall.com column yesterday on the need for a border fence. “Passionate” doesn’t begin to describe them.