Sen. McCain on bipartisan immigration plan
AZ lawmaker on new path to citizenship
- Duration 6:01
- Date Jan 28, 2013
AZ lawmaker on new path to citizenship
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The immigration push is on today the push back.
While never -- on -- ball in for Neil Cavuto and this is your world lawmakers four Democrats or Republicans today calling for a pathway to citizenship.
For eleven million illegal immigrants already living in this country critics.
Are calling this amnesty plan calls for verifying that our borders are secure.
Better tracking of people entering the US and -- is creating a new system to ensure employers don't hire illegals.
And allowing more low skill workers to enter the country to fill.
Agricultural jobs not wanted by US citizens all this is President Obama heads to Las Vegas tomorrow to make his own immigration push.
And now -- the guys the center of the immigration story.
Republican Senator John McCain he's one of the eight senators' rolling out this new -- senator welcome sir thank you for joining us important guy important day.
Rolled out this plan today in front of president Obama's plan.
Tell -- already on the right the GOP some GOP sank so this sounds like -- blanket amnesty.
Well I was.
House -- John Boehner said that.
We have to have a a comprehensive immigration reform passed their eleven million people who are living in the shadows in America and -- many of them.
Very large percentage you've been here for over ten years.
But a precondition.
Is secure borders and we have not done that -- our borders are more secure.
But there are by no means secure in Arizona.
So normal border is -- major.
Drug trafficking routes for the drug cartels bring drugs in the United States so we have to use a lot of high tech we've got to use drones we got to do.
A lot of things to get that borders secure.
That must be done and then I think we have to move on with.
This issue -- the senator just.
About an hour or so ago senator -- brand yourself came to the podium he talked about.
What you need to do opted to get this thing started you both pointed out that securing the border was number one as you point out here.
But is that realistic I mean can you really say we're going to secure the border have been trying to do for the better part of I don't know 15200 years.
Well I think with the advent this high tech things have changed groans and surveillance equipment.
That we can we're perfectly capable of one of the big problems on the southwest -- -- know it gets so unbearably hot in the summer.
It's very difficult for our men and women who are.
Doing such great job to perform very efficiently so we're gonna have to move to technology and yes I'm confident that we can and by the way.
Our humor Arizona has two sectors of the Tucson sector in Yuma sector are -- sector.
-- -- sector of our border is for all intents and purposes operation to secure.
Much more difficult and the other sector but it certainly can be done certain.
What won't they just find another.
Section of the country the border to go Texas.
New Mexico -- California want to just find another space of taking what they can walk through -- -- what they're so much video on the Internet we see.
Drug dealers walking back and forth on a daily basis.
We realistically thinking that -- dealt with secure that border before we can put any of these other plants in action that you senators outline.
Is it is it.
Is -- not realistic to think that they nations such as ours could not secure our borders.
Is that not realistic come -- of course we can secure our borders we also have to.
Address the issue of those who overstayed -- and also those who have come in and and -- overstayed the period of time that -- there and -- and other aspects of it but to think somehow.
That we're going to have a situation where drivers can flow freely over our border is something I don't think most of our citizens.
Would agree to -- particularly since we spend so many billions of dollars.
I'm surveillance -- that kind of thing and by the way the Israelis they've been able to secure their borders and they've had hundreds of miles of border as well.
-- on that and a younger cereals because when he -- important questions before before we run here I'm sorry what.
Let's say we do get -- its borders secured -- guys right and we move forward.
What is what are the requirements for the eleven million or so some would say a lot higher.
Let -- million or so illegals who are currently in the country what do they need to do to get a path to citizenship.
They have to pay back taxes they have to have a non criminal record they have to learn English they have to be able to.
Understand and study our history.
They have to get in line behind everyone else.
They will be granted legal status but then they get behind everyone else who has waited legally.
For green cars card status what about military service -- whenever think about -- requiring a year or two militaries.
Well if the military could use people for a year to that might be minimum of this -- -- four.
There -- been a proposal on the DREAM Act to accelerate their -- these are the young people who were brought -- -- children.
By their parents that military service and schooling could be.
Part of it and by the way hi tech those who graduate with Ph.D.s and others in that.
We -- we have wait for it to keep him in the United States as well.
Torture at senator Schumer pointed out that he -- to get this thing going right away.
Effect he said -- day one we can start moving.
As soon as he gets through that the senate now -- -- -- the -- present moment -- here's my concerns are probably where I'm wrong if that happens that quickly that fast.
What we have a flood of illegals coming across the border trying to beat the -- beat the clock saying.
I have to get there because -- -- just get there I'll be able to -- I'm sure we can set a date that anybody who comes afterwards would not be eligible not true all right Senator John McCain thank you for joining us -- thank you.