Rubio cited his own parents’ flight from Cuba to Florida as reflective of a journey millions of immigrants have taken to a new life in a country whose work ethic, rule of law and opportunity quickly changes them for the better.
“Because well before they became citizens, in their hearts they had already become Americans,” Rubio said.
Mexico welcomed passage of the bill, with the foreign ministry saying in a statement that it had the potential to improve the lives of millions of Mexicans living in the US.
Earlier this week however Mexican Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Meade criticized provisions that would tighten security along the US-Mexico border. Building more “walls” would not solve the immigration issue, he said.