The bill is designed to be obstructionist. He is terrible.
To begin if a Republican Senator cannot move past the racism of the Right Wing then it is a sad day indeed.
The ten year period is ridiculous. To begin, it will cost significant monies to secure the southern USA border by 100%. It is not possible, but, Senator Rubio insists it has to be done. Go ahead, stop the boat lifts, stop the drug cartels, do it all in ten years or less. It is nearly an impossible task while still insisting gun legislation and assault weapon bans are unnecessary. It will never happen.
The ten year window can be cut down to five by removing Homeland Security from the picture entirely. Homeland Security will become pressured to secure the border with "The Sequestration" on going and the nation's security will be compromised. It is not possible for Homeland Security to take this on any more than it has already.
The Border Security Commission needs to be the only focus to this task and it needs funding to achieve that goal. The Border Security Commission needs to be placed WITHIN the Homeland Security agency, but, needs autonomy and autonomous funding. Securing them under Homeland Security will provide continuity in policy between all parties acting for national security.
This is a national security issue and the commission should include members with State Department credentials so there is ability to speak with Mexico and Canada, here again for policy continuity. Also, aren't Visas housed in the State Department, too?
The E Verify system is an excellent idea, but, it needs to be housed in the Treasury Department because that is where passports and IDs are issued for frequent travelers across our borders. So, the Treasury Department needs to be represented on the Border Security Commission as well.
Probationary Residency Status is a huge burden for fifteen years or more. Senator Rubio wants to have all these folks reviewed for work status on a regular basis. If the Probationary Status reveals the immigrant is out of work or laid off or on unemployment they can be deported. FOR FIFTEEN YEARS, this is going to hang over their heads? This is ridiculous. Do you know the cost to find these folks, track their progress or lack of it in the system and then expect law enforcement to deport them is enormously expensive. ICE has been things to do than chance grandmas and grandpas to find out if they are working.
While I am on the subject of ICE, one of the Right Wing Media's favorite bellyachers; I point to the gun control legislation now before the Senate. Section 107 specifically took the complaints of ICE seriously to provide responsibility for making decisions about gun walking. The chronic complaining is due to lack of a clear chain of command and accountability for these decisions. Now, there is a clear path of accountability, so long as the bill passes both houses and is voted into law. These decisions about dangerous policing can finally have authority or not from Cabinet Level positions.
But, back to Senator Rubio's proposals. He needs to go back to the drawing board and ask for bipartisan participation in developing the bill. I think the background check is vital, but, then there is gun legislation reflecting that as well. How can Senator Rubio ask for background checks for immigrants but not those purchasing a gun? That is ridiculous. Aliens in the USA, legal or not, do have hurdles to meet, this is all part of Immigration Reform, too.
The monies he is asking for is unreasonable. The immigrant is mostly poverty level or lower Middle Class and has to pay for background checks, fines, registration fees, renewals of what frequency he does not state and to top off all the punishment for 'Coming to America' they can no longer receive food stamps or Medicaid or any other aspect of citizen's rights. So, now we are starving people and keeping them a public health hazard. What joy. Then after all that with ten years of emotional and financial abuse, they have to still apply for a Green Card and all the expenses that go along with that. Lawyers are going to be rolling in dough and our court systems will backed up for decades. All that while these people work and ATTEMPT to stay in the USA. Amazing.
I have not read the legislation. I don't know the number of the bill. I am sure when Senator Rubio speaks again he'll finally state how badly he misstated his understandings. He should have had a water bottle during the interview.
He is not seasoned enough to write this legislation. He just isn't. If he has his way this will cost us the USA Treasury all over again.