In a major change for U.S. immigration policy, the Obama administration announced today they would halt the deportation of children of illegal immigrants if they met certain requirements under the law. The executive order, which doesn’t offer citizenship or permanent legal status, may fall short of the comprehensive immigration reform that is sought by some advocates, especially Hispanic leaders.
One of those leaders was Marco Rubio, a favorite among the GOP as a potential running mate for Mitt Romney, who said that the Obama decision offered welcome news to the children of illegal immigrants in the short-term, but avoided important long-term questions about immigration in the United States.
Rubio joined a National Journal event on FORA.tv back in April titled “The Next America: Demography & the National Agenda” where he discussed how to negotiate issues of immigration. Go to 1:49:30 in the video below to listen to Rubio’s ideas and how they differ from Romney’s current positions.