U.S. Senator Marco Rubio issued the following statement regarding today's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration in which Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano expressed opposition to security triggers as a key component of immigration reform:
"If we are going to pass bipartisan immigration reform this year, the Administration must accept the principle that security triggers must be met before anyone who is currently undocumented is allowed to apply for a green card. This is a principle agreed to by the bipartisan group of senators I am working with and it is something that must be included in any legislative proposal if it is to be successful. Secretary Napolitano's refusal to accept this bipartisan principle at today's Senate hearing is discouraging for those of us who are serious about permanently fixing America's immigration system. By continuing to oppose a key security principle with bipartisan backing, Secretary Napolitano and this Administration appear to be laying the groundwork to scuttle the bipartisan effort in the Senate."