This is a very balanced bill. The American people have told us to do two things. One, prevent future flows of illegal immigration and then, come up with a common sense solution for legal immigration. And that’s just what our bill does. Our group is “very, very close” to a final proposal, which is scheduled to be presented on Tuesday. I think you’ll see a major agreement that’s balanced but fair, that will have the widespread support of the American people on Tuesday. The eight of us have met in the middle. And I think that’s where the American people are.”
While Schumer spoke positively about the bill, Marco Rubio sounded made the bill sound much more restrictive and untenable. Rubio said, "All we’ve done here is create an alternative that they can access, and the alternative we’ve created is going to be longer, more expensive and more difficult to navigate. It will actually be cheaper if they went back home, waited 10 years, and applied for a green card. And so, secondly, we’re not awarding anything. All we’re giving people the opportunity to eventually do is gain access to the same legal immigration system, the same legal immigration process that will be available to everybody else.”
Rubio also said that some of the undocumented workers currently in the country would not be eligible to seek legal status under the bill. “I think it’s important to understand it does not give anything. It allows people access to the legal immigration system,” Rubio said. “Number two, some people won’t qualify. They haven’t been here long enough; they’ve committed very serious crimes. They won’t be able to stay. Number three is all people will get is an opportunity to apply for things, to apply for a legal status, which isn’t awarded on day one. The only thing you are earning here is an opportunity to apply for temporary status, and ultimately, potentially to apply for a green card, the way everybody else does. And that’s the process that we are outlining.”
Even Rubio's dire picture does not satisfy the Tea Party Republican Right. Elf Eared Sen. Jeff Sessions said he thinks their proposal is "Amnesty."