Rubio: 'America Needs To Have A 21st Century Immigration System' Senator Marco Rubio speaking about his immigration proposal at the University of Louisville:"America needs to have a 21st century immigration system. Now all the attention on immigration goes to those that are here in the room and that's a problem. The decisions that led to 11 million people being in this country illegally today, those decisions were made when I was in ninth grade. But we have to deal with what we have now. We can't go back, we have to deal with the cards that we've been dealt in the best way possible. And that's what I hope we would do, is to figure out a way to deal with those that are here illegally now that does both honor our legacy as a nation with laws but also honors our legacy as a compassionate people. We have to do it in a way that doesn't encourage people to illegally immigrate in the future. We have to do it in a way that doesn't reward people who illegally immigrated here. We have to do it in a way that isn't unfair to the people who did it the right way. But we have to address it because we can't do the more important thing if we don't address that; and that is modernize our legal immigration system."