President Barack Obama must confront labor unions and accept a guest worker program as part of a broad immigration reform package if he intends to sign a bill this year, Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, who is leading Republican efforts on immigration, said Wednesday.
Speaking on the "Mark Levin Show," a radio program, Rubio outlined his vision for an immigration overhaul, suggesting that illegal immigrants should be required to wait several years before applying for citizenship if they want to remain in the U.S. legally.
According to his plan, which has not yet been introduced as a bill, illegal immigrants would first need to apply for a temporary work visa before becoming permanent residents. Congressional Democrats and labor unions, meanwhile, insist that any legislation should provide a more clear path to citizenship in a shorter amount of time than Rubio prescribes. But to reach a bipartisan consensus, Rubio said, Democrats would have to relent on the issue.
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