Rubio defends new immigration policies

Senator Marco Rubio made guest appearances on a number of different television talk shows on April 14th in order to defend the policies for immigration reform that ended up being revealed yesterday.  Rubio revealed then that the draft legislation included a way for undocumented immigrants to be able to put in an application for legal status as well as providing increased border security and stiff penalties for those caught breaking the law.

“I just hope that I can convince people that leaving things the way they are now is much worse than approaching it the way we’ve outlined,” Rubio noted on This Week with George Stephanopoulos on ABC News.  Rubio is viewed as being one of the most important members of the so-called “Gang of Eight” bipartisan senators behind the hammering out of a brand new immigration policy.

Rubio’s endorsement of the bill is seen as important in easing the minds of many conservatives who have been counting on his opinion throughout the development process.  Rubio continues to be a strong advocate for the new immigration bill, saying that in the end it will be worth all the time that it has taken to come to fruition.

“It will be cheaper, faster, and easier for people to go back home and wait 10 years than go through this process,” Rubio noted.  “That’s why it’s not amnesty.  If somehow being in the country illegally is cheaper, easier and quicker than the right way, I wouldn’t support that.”