WASHINGTON – While liberals scoffed at the Trump administration's immigration proposal released Thursday, two Miami Republicans involved in discussions on the issue cast it in favorable terms.
"Based on the outline released today, it is now clear the President and his Administration fully embrace the idea of securing a future in America for young immigrants brought to our country as children through no fault of their own," said Rep. Carlos Curbelo. "In fact, the section on DACA closely tracks the Recognizing America's Children Act I filed this Congress and in the 114th. It also diverges significantly from partisan legislation recently introduced in the House.
"This outline is a good start, and I commend the Administration for putting the onus on Congress to move forward after years of inaction on immigration policy. Let's get this done."
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart said: "It is clear that the President is focused on finding a permanent solution for these 1.8 million young adults who were brought to the United States at no fault of their own, as well as securing the border. This administration is putting forward a serious proposal to both of these issues, something that cannot be said of previous administrations. I will continue working with my congressional colleagues and the White House on a legislative solution that will pass both chambers and be quickly signed into law."
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who is retiring, said this:
We've asked Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio for reaction; neither had responded as of late Thursday.