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I should illegal immigrants getting free -- -- It's a question the gain of eight can't answer and now they're an impasse congressman Ron -- laboratory just dropping out of the group.
And he joins me now good morning to congress.
Good morning -- many people would argue illegal immigrants are already getting free health care so what would be the difference if you agreed to give it to them now.
-- the problem.
-- that we're trying to fix the immigration system I think we have a broken system.
I think we need to do something with the eleven million people that are here I think we could do something about future flow.
And most importantly we need to do something about border security so we don't have this problem again.
One of the biggest magnets to the United States for people coming married legally is that they're getting free services.
I think that's one of the things that we need to fix what this program we need to make sure that.
People that aren't legalize the newly legalized aliens.
Do not receive public benefits the American people won't stand for them receiving public benefits and and I think that's one other -- that we're having -- in congress.
So you were Cartagena -- you've walked away as a result of this one specific issue are -- to understand this.
-- remaining members of the gain of eight disagree with you they were all in agreement that -- -- should be given to illegals.
Know what they decided to -- -- to punt on the issue they decided to not address the issue in the legislation and I think not addressing the issue -- false.
Leads you to obamacare but I don't think there was any agreement that they should receive obamacare.
And despite that by the way I don't call it gang -- made it's a group of made my mother told me never to join any -- so I decided.
I agree with you I don't like the terminology either a let's move over to the NSA discussion because I -- -- your quoted all over the place this morning.
Saying that you have suggested to other members of congress that you believe that members of congress should have more access.
To classified information.
-- said this quote I hate it when we ask a question and here well that's classified.
What do you mean by that and were you and in fact and other members of congress invited to look at this NSA program last year.
People just simply didn't -- -- No we are invited to just to look at some of the information we actually showed up I've been to numerous classified hearings.
But the problem that happens is that when you go to class -- -- and they just give you very peripheral information.
They they give you some information about the program they tell you for instance that they're looking -- made -- data but you never.
Imagine that's an American NFC -- US congressmen that they're looking at every phone record of every American you look at the -- Jim sensenbrenner who was added to rafter of the Patriot Act.
And he says that when he drafted that Patriot Act he never imagined that the US government what's gonna do what the US government is doing with this.
With this information right now.
So it's you know it's I think it's a little bit misleading when they see that they have given you all this impropriety him.
And and and I understand your point but let me ask you this because there's been this huge debate in the country and I actually think separating our country unfortunately.
Of what to call this Edward Snowden.
-- -- you traitor or is he a hero in your mind.
You know I don't think he's a hero -- I don't think anything that anybody should call him a hero.
I think he violated the law I think they need to prosecute them.
But I think now that we know this information on that it's out in the public I think it's good that we're having this debate I think it's important for us as members of congress to do that.
But congressman what does it do about national security we saw the testimony yesterday by the general who said look.
You know we thwarted dozens of attacks because we had this surveillance program and now.
We're left with basically nothing.
You know but every time you -- specifics about those attacks and that's why I'm asking for a classified briefing and classified.
Debate because what happens when you go to these briefings is that they lecture you.
But you don't really have the opportunity -- have a debate about what's happening every time we have asked about this information what they tell you.
Is that they already knew about these attacks so they knew that there was something being plotted.
Well the law allows you to go after somebody who would you suspect of committing a crime.
So I don't think you need to have this broad search of Arab American information of American citizens I'll -- -- congressman avatar from Idaho.
A great having music -- today thanks so much.
Thank you very much.
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