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Tampa Bay Times: Rubio proposes stronger English language requirement in immigration bill

Posted 6/11/2013

Tampa Bay Times
By: Alex Leary
June 11, 2013

Sen. Marco Rubio has talked a lot about adding more border security to the immigration bill, but his first proposed amendment seeks to toughen an English profiency requirement.

The proposed Rubio amendment would strike a provision which stipulates that the English proficiency requirement can simply be met by being enrolled in a course, Rubio’s office said.

The bill, S. 744, requires that “a registered provisional immigrant who is 16 years of age or older shall establish that he or she (i) meets the requirements set forth in section 312; or (ii) is satisfactorily pursuing a course of study, pursuant to standards established by the Secretary of Education, consultation with the Secretary, to achieve an understanding of English and knowledge and understanding of the history and Government of the United States, as described in section 312(a).”

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