Rubio outlined his vision of immigration reform in an interview with the Wall Street Journal last week. A plan that includes a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants currently living in the United States.
“Senator Rubio is exactly right on the need to fix our broken immigration system,” Ryan said Monday in a post on his Facebook page. “I support the principles he’s outlined: modernization of our immigration laws; stronger security to curb illegal immigration; and respect for the rule of law in addressing the complex challenge of the undocumented population. Our future depends on an immigration system that works.”
As potential 2016 presidential candidates, Ryan or Rubio have plenty to lose if immigration reform falls through and sparks another backlash among Latino voters akin to 2012, notes Benjay Sarlin of TPM.
“But taking on a leadership role in the debate is dangerous territory as well, potentially opening up their right flanks to attacks in a GOP primary,” he adds.
And the N.Y. Times reports that some conservative Republicans made it clear they would not support Rubio’s position. In a statement, Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama said President Obama had undercut the chances for an overhaul by weakening enforcement.
“If the administration had spent the last four years ending illegality instead of abetting it,” he said, “we would be in a better position for some kind of agreement.”