WASHINGTON — Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio says a new immigration bill he helped write needs stronger border security provisions or it will fail in the House and may have trouble in the Senate.
Rubio, the chief emissary to conservatives on the legislation, said he has been hearing concerns that more work is needed to boost the bill's language on the border and he's committed to trying to make those changes.
Rubio didn't give specifics in an interview this week on The Sean Hannity Show radio program. But a number of conservatives have complained about "triggers" in the bill that aim to make new citizenship provisions contingent on border security accomplishments. Critics say those provisions are too weak.
"Clearly what we have in there now is not good enough for too many people and so we've got to make it better. And that's what I'm asking for," Rubio said.
"This bill will not pass the House and, quite frankly, I think, may struggle to pass the Senate if it doesn't deal with that issue, so we've got some work to do on that front," he said.