Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) had a careful response to the decision by the Obama administration to defer immigration enforcement action against young illegal immigrants who meet certain age and schooling criteria.
“There is broad support for the idea that we should figure out a way to help kids who are undocumented through no fault of their own, but there is also broad consensus that it should be done in a way that does not encourage illegal immigration in the future. This is a difficult balance to strike, one that this new policy, imposed by executive order, will make harder to achieve in the long run,” Rubio said in a statement moments ago.
“Today’s announcement will be welcome news for many of these kids desperate for an answer, but it is a short term answer to a long term problem. And by once again ignoring the Constitution and going around Congress, this short term policy will make it harder to find a balanced and responsible long term one.”
Rubio has long said that he is crafting his own version of the DREAM Act but wasn’t expected to produce a bill for at least a few more weeks. In April, he huddled with Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Rep. Charles Gonzalez (D-Texas) about bipartisan ways to move forward.
Stay tuned for the full story on today’s announcement, including details from administration officials on the policy, President Obama’s remarks this afternoon in the Rose Garden, and congressional reaction.