Otherwise, they then would have to pay any taxes owed as well as a fine to get what Rubio called "the equivalent of a non-resident visa that allows you to work here." An opportunity to get a green card and possible citizenship would only come after the government undertakes other steps, such as increasing border security, he added.
Obama described the blueprint as a sign of renewed desire by Democrats and Republicans to tackle the issue, saying the plan was "very much in line with the principles I've proposed and campaigned on for the last few years."Exit polls in November indicated that Latino voters overwhelmingly supported Obama over GOP challenger Mitt Romney, who had advocated a policy that amounted to forcing undocumented immigrants to deport themselves.
Obama won Nevada, a battleground state with a large Hispanic population.
To earn the opportunity for citizenship, Obama said undocumented immigrants must first pass a background check, learn English, pay a penalty, and then get "in the back of the line" behind people trying to come to America legally.
You have exceeded the time limit and your reservation has been released.
The purpose of this time limit is to ensure that registration is available to as many people as possible.
The president specified three pillars of immigration reform: better enforcement of immigration laws, providing a path to citizenship for the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants already in the country, and reforming the legal immigration system."At this moment, it looks like there's a genuine desire to get this done soon.
And that's very encouraging," Obama said, later adding: "This time, action must follow.
Millions of undocumented immigrants would get immediate but provisional status to live and work in the United States, under the compromise plan crafted by the senate group.
That outline also called for strengthening border controls, improved monitoring of visitors and cracking down on hiring undocumented workers. We've been down this road before with politicians promising to enforce the law in return for amnesty.