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Well the senate is getting to work debating a landmark immigration bill today this -- been certain locks and all the other news that we've been.
Getting out of DC as of late but a -- what happened yesterday and move the measure -- -- he could get eleven million illegal immigrants a path to citizenship.
It's a bill the president is pushing lawmakers to pass but it had some critics in the senate take a listen.
I very much want common sense immigration reform to pass.
Is going to pass the senate.
But as written.
This bill will not pass the house.
This bill will not pass into law.
And if this bill did become law.
He would not solve the problem indeed it would make the problem of illegal immigration that we had today worse.
Rather than better.
-- -- Credit there now joining us is the Arizona Republican Jeff flake he's a member of this so called.
Gang of eight those are the senators who crafted the -- -- member of the foreign relations and judiciary -- -- a busy guy senator nice to have you back in the program.
-- -- -- on -- senator cruise -- isn't the only critic as you know this immigration plan and it was just getting through some procedural issues now before you can add amendments in the light.
But his point is that it it in its current form it will not pass the house so.
How do you get your colleagues in the house other Republicans to get on board with this immigration bill.
Well I think he's right in its current form it would not pass -- -- but we're gonna go through a process of three weeks of amendments.
And I I believe that sufficient number of amendments will be -- To strengthen the bill and do improvement.
In a way that.
Will ensure that it passes into law.
Give us why we we didn't -- the top priority when what's the one man that you wanted to see added that you think is is really going to be key.
I just -- -- passage.
There -- a number of amendments on border security to tighten up some of the border security provisions on can offer a few myself.
And and I'm uncertain that some of those -- pass and perhaps many of them.
That this bill was improved in the Judiciary Committee -- was there for about three weeks and I think a 130 some amendments were added.
Improving the bill -- we'll continue to improve as -- goes through the process.
Let's talk a little bit about for a security.
I agency has -- cruises have an opinion on this also reported seeing it as -- The New York Times an interesting cover voted today -- just want to show our viewers because it shows a woman and her daughter and they're crying.
At that the border fence and hopefully we'll -- that ever viewers vacancy at.
That tells one side of the story is very emotional story and I have a Stanley getting separated.
And senator -- one could argue that we only show -- side of the story when we show people jumping.
The border -- so when it comes to port security can you be more specific about the amendment you're going to offer about what sort of planned do you think is the right plan.
Very bill like this one.
Well this bill already provides about six point five billion dollars to improve our border security we'll have more personnel lot better technology.
Will have better.
We're taking what has worked in the Yuma sector in Arizona.
And transferring after the -- -- Tucson sector where we still have a lot of problems.
So and also that this so called second quarter if you -- -- the workplace we'll have mandatory.
If the person presenting themselves for work is actually -- US -- Or is here on a legal -- So there are a number of things to to help people.
And insure that we have border security we we should note as well that.
40% of those who are here illegally now didn't sneak across the border they came on a legal -- And it's simply overstayed that he's -- so we'll have a workable entry exit system.
And as well it's interesting you mention that because some of the proposals and then the more surveillance of these people that are in the country illegally are coming on.
As we're taking a look at some these -- stories about the ongoing surveillance of the American public an American citizen so.
How does that impact you think the debate will it impact the immigration debate what's happening now about this -- SA scandal.
Well I I think -- -- and -- the Boston bombings you know whenever something like this happens the immediate question is does this person a US citizen.
Are they here on a student visa are they legally here.
And right now we we we don't know what many of these people I mean when you have a situation where you have eleven million people here.
In an undocumented status.
Then you have questions like that do you wanna answer and -- it's an untenable situation for our national security.
For our economy and for a number of reasons so this bill does address that will for the first time haven't.
An entry exit system where will not only know when people come here on a -- but when they leave.
And so we'll be able to attract much better what do you.
We look for -- checking in with you on this bill.
And you there's a lot of questions about amnesty and all that some please come back to talk more about the bill as it moves in this process that senator robredo I ask you about this family vacation.
Thank you to -- decided it would be fun.
-- -- -- a deserted island as you have done in the past with your two boys are getting the video showing that.
-- I've do you think that this is an 88 a potential proposed law.
For our first -- lawmakers should we -- -- convert -- put them on this island -- they -- -- had a couple things is that Canadian model your vacation for a.
We know about future together to execute well -- That would you organized evil that's running just go on this -- show on television -- they -- you can get voted off that island.
I go through a tough election since but to be with my two youngest boys and to spend quality time with them for days.
We didn't take any food.
We had this -- what creates and it was just a fabulous fabulous time and I've loved to do it again.
Really satellite found senator did you have a we -- -- good they're bad my licenses for the night.
I'm like your wife and I get my name the finding I got a -- maybe it just a satellite -- -- just -- case senator that's out.
But thank you so much free time sharing -- that -- -- the look for a happy Baxter thank you thanks for -- --
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