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GOP’s “Border And Benefits” Amendments Key To Passing Immigration Reform
Rubio: “It’s very simple. If we have an immigration reform bill that secures the border, ensures that we don’t have another wave of illegal immigration in the future, and protects the American taxpayer by denying federal benefits to those that have violated our immigration laws, we will have immigration reform.”
Excerpt of Interview on “America’s Newsroom”
Senator Marco Rubio
June 13, 2013
FOX News’ Bill Hemmer: “It is obvious you will not get Republican support unless you convince your colleagues that border security will happen and will be a priority.”
Senator Marco Rubio: “Right. That’s right.”
Hemmer: “Will you make that happen?”
Rubio: “I think we can because what we’re asking for is very reasonable. Two things: borders and benefits. On the benefits, we want to make sure that this is not a strain on the American taxpayer. It is not fair to ask the American taxpayer to pay for benefits for people that have violated our immigration laws. And on the border, it’s not just border, it’s E-Verify and entry-exit tracking of visitors. We want to make sure that this never happens again. We don’t want to be back here five years from now talking about another five or ten million people who have entered our country illegally, and so I think we can have immigration reform – responsible immigration reform.”
Hemmer: “So you are saying that you can get Republican support because of border security, you are saying that you can convince your colleagues and some moderate Democrats that illegals would not get the benefits of the federal government. And do you believe, as you stand here today, by the end of this year, as Speaker Boehner said the other day, that immigration will be signed into law in 2013?”
Rubio: “Well that will depend on border and benefits. And it’s very simple. If we have an immigration reform bill that secures the border, ensures that we don’t have another wave of illegal immigration in the future, and protects the American taxpayer by denying federal benefits to those that have violated our immigration laws, we will have immigration reform. If we fail to do that, if the Democrats or whoever refuses to agree to that, we will not. It hinges on that.”