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Rubio Releases Statements On Tuesday’s Amendment Votes

Jun 18, 2013 | Comunicados de Prensa

Washington, D.C. –  As the Senate continues debate on S. 744, “The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act”, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), released the following statement after voting against the Thune Amendment to S.744, which failed 39-54, and the Vitter Amendment to S.744, which failed 36-58:

“I support Senator Thune’s efforts to require completion of double layered border fencing. Properly deployed, these fences have proven highly effective in limiting illegal crossings. That is why the current bill requires $1.5 billion be spent specifically on a border fence plan. However, his amendment does not detail a specific border plan. Therefore, I opposed his amendment and instead continue to work with my Republican colleagues to arrive at a new measure that improves on the significant border security measures already in the bill.”

“I also support Senator Vitter’s goal of requiring the implementation of an entry-exit system to crack down on visa overstays, which accounts for 40 percent of today’s illegal immigrants.  The U.S. must have an effective tool to ensure that visitors who enter our country legally leave when they are supposed to.  However, his amendment delays the process of submitting illegal immigrants to background checks and the imposition of fines for having violated our immigration laws.  Therefore, I opposed his amendment and will continue working with my Republican colleagues to improve the entry-exit system measures in the legislation.”