.@marcorubio: "You'll have to wait more than 10 years, you'll have to pay this fine, you'll have to pay this registration fee..."—
(@CesarConda) April 14, 2013
That tweet is from Sen. Marco Rubio’s chief of staff, Cesar Conda.
Like many of Rubio’s claims, it turns out to be not quite true. According to The Washington Examiner’s Byron York, the Gang of Eight amnesty proposal will allow many illegal immigrants to be naturalized much more quickly than 10 years:
A little-noticed exception in the Gang of Eight bill provides a fast track for many — possibly very many — currently illegal immigrants. Under a special provision for immigrants who have labored at least part-time in agriculture, that fast track could mean permanent residency in the U.S., and then citizenship, in half the time Rubio said. And not just for the immigrants themselves — their spouses and children, too.
A second provision in the legislation creates another fast track for illegal immigrants who came to the United States before they were 16 — the so-called Dreamers. The concept suggests youth, but the bill has no age limit for such immigrants — or their spouses and children — and despite claims that they must go to college or serve in the military to be eligible, there is an exception to that requirement as well.
And another Marco Rubio talking point bites the dust!