While making the rounds on all of the various Sunday talk shows today, Sen. Marco Rubio rejected the notion that he was providing an easy path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Instead, the 2016 GOP presidential nominee frontrunner argued that the immigration reform he and a bipartisan group of senators were on the verge of proposing was actually more strict than current law.
"They don't qualify for any federal benefits -- no food stamps, no welfare, no Obamacare," Rubio said of illegal immigrants on Fox News Sunday. "They will have to stay in that status until at least 10 years elapses ... and then all they get is a chance to apply for a green card." Anyone applying to stay in the country under the proposal would also have to pay an upfront fine.
He added: "What we have today is de facto amnesty ... people who are hiring illegal aliens and paying them less than American workers.
"If somehow being in the country illegally is cheaper, easier and quicker than the right way, I wouldn't support that," Rubio said. "It will be cheaper, faster and easier for people to go back home and wait 10 years than [go through] this process. That's why it's not amnesty."
You can check out Rubio’s presentations on both Fox News Sunday and ABC’s This Week in the videos below.