Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) announced his opposition to Democrat Joe Biden’s plan to grant amnesty to the millions of illegal aliens who were in the United States before Jan. 1, 2021.

“Before we deal with immigration, we need to deal with COVID [CCP Virus], make sure everyone has the chance to find a good job, and confront the threat from China,” Rubio said.

“America should always welcome immigrants who want to become Americans. But we need laws that decide who and how many people can come here, and those laws must be followed and enforced,” Rubio said.

“There are many issues I think we can work cooperatively with President-elect Biden, but a blanket amnesty for people who are here unlawfully isn’t going to be one of them,” Rubio added.

The decision to grant citizenship to millions of illegal aliens was announced by Biden administration “transition” officials in a Washington Post report.

“To qualify, immigrants must have been in the United States as of Jan. 1, a move meant to blunt any rush to the border,” officials told the newspaper.

However, the Jan. 1 requirement does not appear to be a real obstacle or a real requirement for those who are desperate to enter the country.

In an interview with CNN on Jan. 18, Marlon Lopez, a Honduran immigrant, revealed that Biden promised to help them live and work in the United States:

“Biden, he’s going to help all of us. He’s given us 100 days to get to the U.S. and give us legal [unintelligible] paper so we can get a better life for our kids and family,” Lopez said.

While the U.S. economy is trying to recover from the effects of the Chinese virus pandemic lockdowns, millions of Americans are still trying to get out of unfavorable economic conditions or direct unemployment, so an amnesty for millions of illegal aliens would be an additional burden for legally established citizens in the country.

In addition, the amnesty would also allow companies to hire foreign technical labor at much lower wages than those sought by Americans.

Rubio appears to be following in the footsteps of President Trump’s America First policy, which during his four years in office, took aggressive steps to prioritize American jobs, encouraging companies to return manufacturing to the U.S. and eliminate the H-1B visa program that allowed companies to hire foreign labor, among other measures.