Marco Rubio

Sen. Marco Rubio blitzes Sunday talk shows in support of immigration plan

by David Eldridge-The Washington Times  |  published on April 14, 2013

With the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” ready to roll out a proposal for comprehensive immigration reform this week, Sen. Marco Rubio went to work Sunday selling the bill to conservatives.

Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,”Mr. Rubio, a Florida Republican who has played the pivotal tole in the “Gang of Eight” negotiations, said repeatedly the plan offers legal status but not “amnesty” — a nonstarter for many conservatives.

“This is not amnesty — amnesty is the forgiveness of something,” he said. “We’re going to create an alternative that says OK, you want to stay here, you’ll have to wait more than 10 years, you’ll have to pay this fine, you’ll have to pay your registration fee, you’ll have to be gainfully employed, you won’t qualify for any federal benefits, and then after all of that you don’t get to apply for anything until the enforcement mechanisms are in place. I would argue to you that it will be cheaper, faster and easier for people to go back home and wait 10 years than it will be to go through this process … and that’s why it’s not amnesty.”

The Fox News interview was part of a talk-show blitz on Sunday that saw Mr. Rubio, a rising conservative star who is considered a leading presidential contender in 2016, make the rounds at CBS, ABC and NBC as well.

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