President Barack Obama is hoping that Congress passes a comprehensive immigration reform bill before 2013 ends, but some Republicans have news for him and other proponents: it’s time to be get back reality about what’s possible on that issue.
If you ask U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a member of the tea party factions, if Obama and Democrats want to see some movement on immigration reform then they are going to have to be willing to find some common group with Republicans. That common ground, based on his interview on “Fox and Friends” Tuesday morning, is to focus on where there is bipartisan agreement on the issue.
“First of all, I think we need to be realistic about it,” Rubio told the Fox News. “We’ve been lectured now for the better part of a month about how my side needs to be realistic about what was possible on Obamacare because the president controls the White House and the Democrats control the Senate. Now, I think it’s time for proponents of immigration reform to be realistic about what’s achievable on immigration.”
What’s more, president himself last week –pointing to immigration as one of three priorities where there is bipartisan agreement — said the way business is done in Washington, D.C. needs to change and urged lawmakers, “If we disagree on something we can move on and focus on the things we agree on and get some stuff done.”
The sticking point on immigration reform? What to do with the 11 million people who are in the United States without legal papers. Hence, the question now is whether Democrats and proponents of reform are willing to let lawmakers proceed to pass legislation in areas of reform where there is bipartisan agreement such as legal migration, border security, and more employer accountability.