Press Releases

CBS’ Face The Nation
April 14, 2013
Full Interview: http://youtu.be/qCtXqiC-4hE

Rubio: “I’m optimistic about it. I think this bill answers all the questions that people raise. That’s why it’s taken so long. That’s why we’ve spent so much time on it. That’s why we continue to spend this time on it. This bill does three things that are fundamentally important for our country. It modernizes our legal immigration system, something we need to do no matter what. It puts in place the toughest enforcement measures in the history of the United States, potentially in the world. And it once and for all deals with the issue of those that are here illegally, but does so in a way that is fair and compassionate but does not encourage people to come illegally in the future and is not unfair to people who have done it the right way. So that’s why I am optimistic that we can get the votes to get this passed. But it will be a long process, hopefully a very open process, and I think it will take some time but I believe we can get there.”

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CNN’s State of the Union With Candy Crowley
April 14, 2013
Full Interview: http://youtu.be/9U-qCw-G4GI

Crowley: “As you know, the 1986 immigration reform has been criticized in hindsight as something that only encouraged undocumented workers to come into the U.S. we went from some 3 million undocumented workers in the Reagan era, they had immigration reform, now we’re dealing with 11 million. What in this bill is going to ensure that that doesn’t happen again?”

Rubio:  “Well, three things. First of all, a universal e-verify system which means you won’t be able to find a job in the United States if you can’t pass that check. Secondly, an entry-exit system. You know, 40% of our illegal immigration are people that enter legally and then they overstay their visas. We don’t really know who they are because we only track when people come in, we don’t track if and when they leave. And third is real border security including fencing. All these three things are going to happen because they are triggers, they are triggers for the green card process that we’ve described or are laying out in our proposal. That’s the incentive to ensure they happen. In essence, for those who are undocumented in this country, not only will they have to wait ten years, more than ten years. But they will have to wait until all three of those things are fully implemented. If they are not fully implemented, there will be no green cards awarded. And we think that will be incentive. We are also going to have a legal immigration system that works. Part of our illegal immigration problem is that we don’t have a legal way for people to come here, for example, temporarily to work on a farm. We’re going to have that now, so people aren’t going to have to come illegally. It’s going to be cheaper and easier to come legally. So I think all these things working together - none by themselves will do the trick - but all of them working together will ensure we never have this problem again.”