Legalizing illegal immigrants would help grow the economy, boost wages, and add tax revenue. That isn't a Democrat line, or even Libertarian line; it's the line GOP leaders are adopting in order to further immigration reform in 2013, according to Politico.
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a favored Republican presidential candidate for 2016, tells Politico that an updated immigration system could propel more people out of poverty and help boost the economy.
That may be true, but both Republican and Democratic parties are puzzling over how to resolve inner-party differences on immigration reform.
Rubio wants to approach the issue piece by piece, starting with reform for children of illegal immigrants and ending with a guest worker program.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) wants tighter borders, as well as an end to birthright citizenship, and to replace it with a point based green card system. Graham told Politico such a system would prioritize the economic needs of the US. Others, such as Representative Steve King (R-IA), resist reform, suggesting it would lead to amnesty.
Democrats are likewise reconciling piecemeal reform - which is favored by Democrats looking to negotiate with Republicans - with those pushing for overhaul who say the entire system is broken.