The White House, which famously announced its Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration program in the summer, preempting Marco Rubio, who was working on his own immigration solution, now says it is looking forward to working with the Florida Senator.
Rubio has recently begun to make noise about ideas for immigration reform he will unveil, saying in a recent Wall Street Journal interview that the U.S. needs to “modernize” legal immigration.
“We hope that it signals a change in the Republican approach to this issue,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Tuesday.
While President Obama on Monday said his administration will announce gun control plans in the coming days, Carney insisted that immigration reform is a “high priority”.
“There is no question that as we move forward with immigration reform — comprehensive immigration reform — that it will involve engagement with Democrats and Republicans, and you can expect that will happen,” Carney said. “Again, to my knowledge, Senator Rubio has yet to put anything on paper or draw up any legislation. We welcome reports of his positions and look forward to working with him and other Republicans in pursuit of comprehensive immigration reform because it’s the right thing to do for the country, and the president considers it a high priority.”