Photo: Delay in Immigration Reform Bill Hearings
A U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing scheduled for Wednesday on the soon-to-be-introduced immigration reform bill has been delayed.
The bipartisan group of Senators, known as the “Gang of Eight” are set to present the new comprehensive immigration bill tomorrow. Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio made the TV talk show circuit this weekend providing details on what to expect.
After the bill is introduced protocol requires hearings to be held in the Judiciary Committee. The new hearing date is set for Friday. Immigration experts are concluding the delay reflects how complex the bill is expected to be.
Early leaks as to what is in the bill indicate a 13-year path to citizenship, no citizenship for undocumented individuals that arrived in the country after 2011 and immigration reform will be tied to a major boost in border security.
Rubio note: “The alternative we’ve created is going to be longer, more expensive and more difficult to navigate… It would actually be cheaper if they went back home, wait ten years and apply for a green card.”
Immigrant advocates and the majority of Latinos that are urging for immigration reform will remember Rubio’s words when he formally seeks the office of President in 2016.