Senator Marco Rubio
April 24, 2013
Senator Marco Rubio: “Well first of all the bill was never designed as a take it or leave it proposition. It is a starting point, I would just say I share that concern. Look the fundamental challenge we have here is that no one believes this administration is serious about enforcing the laws. If people thought that the administration was serious about enforcing immigration laws, this debate would be a lot simpler. So we need to figure out a way to guarantee, in the law, that the law will be enforced, the border will be secured, etc… and what I am saying is this bill is a starting point for that discussion, and so if somebody out there or my colleagues have an idea about how we can guarantee that the laws are enforced, then let’s do it, we are open to that, and hopefully that’s what we are going to get from this open and significant process that I hope we will undergo. We think we have a good starting point, we think we can build on it, and we hope that we will.”
Rubio: “Just remember we have a million people a year come here permanently and legally. These are two people and they both came as children. We need to learn a lot more about what happened there, but let’s keep that in perspective. And if there is something that went wrong in that process, the asylum process, the refugee process, let’s fix it. We should fix it. We are always in the process of learning and applying lessons here.”
Rubio: “I’ve never said this has to be done quickly, I mean this country’s been struggling [with] this for three decades. Let’s do it right so we don’t have to do it again - and I have always said that. That’s why I want this to be a significant process. And in the Senate, they haven’t even started working on it in the committee yet.
“As far as the immigration process is concerned - look the immigration process first and foremost must be good for America and my point is if there is ways to improve it, we should do it. No matter what it is that leads us to learn those lessons. But I think that having 11 million people here illegally, not knowing who they are, or why they are here, or where they are. That is not good for us either, and we have to address that because if we do nothing – let’s say this thing falls apart. Then what we are stuck with is what we have now, and what we have now is terrible. I am not sure who benefits from what we have now, but it certainly isn’t America.”