Sen. Marco Rubio, R-FL, said that, while he supports a merit-based immigration program, the White House’s immigration plan is “not going to pass” in the Senate.
“The bill’s not going to pass,” he said in an interview with a Florida TV station on Sunday. “I think the White House knows that you don’t have 60 votes for that in the Senate.”
The RAISE Act, which was announced by the White House last week, would create a points-based immigration system that favors applicants who show skills, education, and language ability over relationships with people who are already in the United States.
It will also cut legal immigration in half over the next decade, which seems to be the point in which Rubio takes issue.
“I don’t want to limit legal immigration, I certainly want to change the way we conduct it,” he said. “Where I probably have a big difference of opinion with this bill is that it sets an arbitrary cap on the number of people that are able to come through with a green card. I don’t think that should be an arbitrary cap, that number should be driven by demand.”