Rubio: “This bill has a bunch of things that conservatives and many Americans have been asking for specifically for years. It now requires it."
Jun 25 2013
Senator Marco Rubio
June 24, 2013
Senator Marco Rubio: “We have made improvements to the bill. I mean real improvements. We are going to have 700 miles of fencing and the money is in the bill so they can’t take it out in the future like they’ve done in the past. It means we are going to have twenty-thousand new border agents, doubling the size of the U.S. border patrol. It means we are going to have mandated technology, so we are actually saying at a minimum this is what the Secretary of Homeland Security must do. I know some are going around saying she can ignore that, but she can’t. It says these are the minimum standards, so it is a real improvement on the border security. I have been saying it for weeks now, that the border security elements of the bill needed to be strengthened.”…
Rubio: “Here is the way I view it. For years, even before I came here, when I would talk to people about immigration they would say to me, ‘let’s finish the fence, let’s build a border fence where it is needed.’ This bill regulates that, it mandates that, and it funds it so a future Congress can’t come and cut the money. People used to say to me, ‘we need an e-verify system that works.’ This bill does that. It says, ‘We need border patrol agents.’ This bill does that. It says, ‘we need more technology on the border and we should require specific technology, don’t leave it to the Department of Homeland Security to decide, put it in the bill.’ This bill does that. This bill has a bunch of things that conservatives and many Americans have been asking for specifically for years. It now requires it. And the reason why we know it is going to happen, or we think it is going to force them to do it, is because you can’t get the green card. If you violated our immigration laws, you can’t even apply for a green card, much less get one, until all five of those things happen.”