RAP– Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) was campaigning in Exeter, New Hampshire on Thursday when voters questioned his ever-changing position on immigration.
At a candidate’s forum sponsored by WMUR 9, James Allmendinger of Durham, N.H. asked the Florida senator if he supported a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens.
“I do, but first we’re going to have to do two things. The first thing we have to do is prove to the American people that illegal immigration is under control,” said Rubio. “Today that lack of confidence has made it impossible to make progress on immigration reform.”
Rubio proposed a two-step solution. The first step involved securing the border, creating an exit-entry tracking system to prevent people from overstaying their visas, and mandating an E-Verify system for employers.
“We need to put this in place and show it to the American people and prove illegal immigration for the future now is under control.”
His second step was to modernize the legal immigration system. Rubio wants to reform our legal immigration system into one based on skills rather than family reunification.
After those reforms, illegal immigrants must come forward, pay fines and taxes, and then receive a work-permit for ten years, residency for three to five years, and then citizenship.