Rubio: “I don’t believe that this is the salvation or the doom of the Republican Party. This is an issue that confronts our country, and it has to be solved because it’s bad for America. That’s why I’m involved in the issue.”Excerpt of Interview on “The Bill Bennett Show”
Senator Marco Rubio
June 18, 2013
Senator Marco Rubio: “I believe that the problem that we have with immigration is a very serious problem in our country. We have a broken legal immigration system. I always say this. Even if we didn’t have a single illegal immigrant, we’d still have to do immigration reform because the legal immigration system we have is antiquated and broken. We don’t have real ways to enforce our immigration laws. The border in certain sectors is not fully secure. We have no way of tracking people that overstay visas. We have no way of confirming people’s eligibility to work – when they get hired, there’s no E-Verify. And topping it all off, due to mistakes that were made – when I was in ninth grade by the way – there are 11 million human beings living in the United States, most of them we have no idea who they are. They’ve been here longer than a decade. They’re having children that are U.S. citizens. They live among us. They’re probably going to be here for the rest of their lives, and leaving what we have in place is de facto amnesty. So my goal here is not politics. I don’t believe that this is the salvation or the doom of the Republican Party. This is an issue that confronts our country, and it has to be solved because it’s bad for America. That’s why I’m involved in the issue.
“Now you mention legalization, I think there’s confusion. Permanent residency in the United States, a green card, that’s what permanent residency is. In this bill, that does not happen until there is an E-Verify system that is fully implemented, until there is an entry-exit system that is fully implemented, and until there is a border security plan that is fully implemented. And what I’m asking for in this bill is that we go one step further, and we say that border security plan that has to be fully implemented before the green card is available. That border security plan should not be left to the Department of Homeland Security. Let’s design it, let’s work with the border patrol, let’s put it in the bill – the specifics in the bill – so we know exactly what has to happen on the border, so that we can be sure that it will work.”