Rubio Wants Immigration Clarity from Trump

By on September 6, 2017
Sen. Marco Rubio

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) says he wants the President to be clear about what kind of immigration bill he will sign now that the White House has scrapped the DACA program.

“I have long supported accommodating those brought to this country illegally through no fault of their own,” wrote Rubio in a statement Tuesday. “However, I have always felt that President Obama’s executive action was unconstitutional and that the right way to address this issue was through legislation.”

“Congress now has less than six months to deal with this the right way, through the legislative process. It is important that the White House clearly outline what kind of legislation the president is willing to sign. We have no time to waste on ideas that do not have the votes to pass or that the president won’t sign,” he added.

It’s going to be an uphill battle for Congress to get something done within the six-month window, especially since the GOP-led majorities have said they want to focus on tax reform as their next big legislative priority. After failing to pass Trumpcare, there is immense pressure on Republicans right now to prove they can govern by getting at least something passed while they control both chambers and the Presidency. Thus far, they haven’t managed to get that done.

After getting an emergency spending bill passed for Harvey relief, a must-pass funding resolution will have to be the first priority if Congress wants to avoid a government shutdown. At some point after that, the House and Senate will have to find time to draft a brand new immigration bill, hold committee meetings, get a law passed and have the President sign it — all before March 5, 2018.

Given what we’ve seen so far out of this Congress, that may be quite a large task.