March, 27, 2013, Louisville, KY- With immigration reform dominating much of the national political conversation, it’s no surprise that Florida Senator Marco Rubio to the opportunity to express his views on the important issue at a recent speaking engagement at the University of Louisville.


To a sold out crowd, Rubio, a rising star in the GOP, opined about his views on a vast array of political issues including taxes, foreign relations, and immigration, the Courier-Journal reported.

As a member of the bipartisan “Gang of Eight”—the task force of lawmakers currently drafting new immigration laws– Sen. Rubio has been instrumental in the development of a reform package.

 In his speech, Sen. Rubio, who is the son of Cuban immigrants, said, “America needs a 21st century immigration system.” A system that, Rubio says, follows the rule of law yet approaches immigration issues with empathy and consideration.

Sen. Rubio used this opportunity to reiterate the importance of visa reform, making the entrance and exit process easier for temporary workers, many of whom are employed in Kentucky’s horse country, Churchill Downs, and agricultural communities across the country.

He also emphasized the importance of increasing the number of skilled worker visas, which is in line with his Republican counterparts including Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. Rubio also said that many of the undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. should be allowed to earn citizenship though he was short on specifics.

According to the Courier-Journal, over a dozen activists from the Kentucky Dream Coalition gathered outside the venue, urging Rubio to back a pathway to citizenship and to stop the deportation of low-priority immigrants—individuals, who have not been convicted of a serious crime, and pose no danger to the community.

On Wednesday, just two days after, Sen. Rubio spoke in Louisville, for Senators, two Democrats and two Republicans toured the Arizona border to get a first-hand look at what makes a secure border and told reporters an immigration reform bill will be introduced to Congress on April 8th, after their spring recess. That deadline may be a heavy lift since a clash between business and labor over temporary worker wages halted negotiations last week.

Sen. Charles Schumer of New York said that before a pathway to citizenship is possible, certain border security criteria and parameters will have to be met. He also added that passing the immigration bill won’t be easy.

Most of the immigration reform principles center around increasing visas and creating an easier route to naturalization. However, reform won’t change the paperwork requirements and complexities that legal immigration entails.

It’s crucial when applying for a visa or citizenship that forms and applications are filled out correctly. Legal language can be confusing to the lay-person so many immigrants find it is in their best interests to enlist the help of an expert.

Numerous immigrants in Louisville have turned to attorney Rusty O’Brien for his assistance with their immigration-related needs. No issue, whether it is a deportation defense or help with a visa, is out of the scope of Mr. O’Brien’s expertise.


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