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Photos: Rubio Tours The Villages Charter School

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) toured The Villages Charter School with Villages Charter School President Dr. Gary Lester. Rubio has long defended and supported school choice in Florida. While at the school, Rubio also met with members of the girl’s flag football...

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Rubio Habla Con Oscar Haza

“La Administración Biden nos ha puesto en una posición sumamente difícil, porque ahora Venezuela, a través de Maduro, está chantajeando a EE.UU.” El senador estadounidense Marco Rubio (R-FL) habló con Oscar Haza en Ahora con Oscar Haza de Zeta 92.3 y Mega TV, sobre el...

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Strengthening Immigration Reform: Committee Passes Two Amendments Enhancing Student Visa Tracking

May 14, 2013 | Press Releases

Grassley amendments will “improve student and exchange visitor visa programs” and provide for “real-time transmission of data from the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System to databases used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection” (Amendment 69; Amendment 77)

CONCERN WITH ORIGINAL BILL: After the Boston Marathon terrorist bombing, many were concerned regulations and tracking programs for those here on student visas were not stringent enough and not addressed in the immigration bill.

  • Senator Chuck Grassley: “Given the events of this week, it’s important for us to understand the gaps and loopholes in our immigration system. … [I]t will help shed light on the weaknesses of our system.” (Elise Foley, “Chuck Grassley Ties Boston Bombings To Immigration Reform,” Huffington Post, 4/19/13)

HOW THE AMENDMENTS STRENGTHEN THE BILL: To improve the current legal immigration system the amendments – Grassley 69 and Grassley 77 – will improve the current student visas and tracking systems. Grassley 69  will enhance the Student Visa Tracking System as well as requiring accreditation of schools those here on student visas are attending. Grassley 77 will provide real-time transmission of data from the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System to databases used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, an important improvement in an enforcement tool.

All of the amendments submitted to the Committee on the Judiciary are available online for review here