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But I'd also tonight there are some major developments report regarding the senate immigration reform bill in a moment Florida senator Marco Rubio will join me live from Washington with reaction the first.
In the last 24 hours the Congressional Budget Office released released its analysis on the legislation.
-- let's take a moment to review their findings first some good news for those those supporting the bill the CBO score.
Concluded it will cut the budget deficit by as much as 200 billion dollars in the first ten years if it's implemented.
However some other headlines have not been so positive for example if enacted the bill would quote.
Slightly -- the unemployment rate from 20/20 eighth in addition average wages would drop over the next decade.
However the scoring notes that they -- might begin increasing after the year 225.
The Washington Times also reports that the cost of Obama -- would rise significantly.
However those cost would be offset they say by an increase or revenue know why.
-- -- it's estimated that ten point four million new residents would be added over the next decade.
And joining me now with reaction Florida senator Marco Rubio senator welcome back to program.
Thank you -- senator I'm sure you are aware -- there is a lot of anger.
In the conservative about community over this bill.
Because the feeling is this bill does not do what it said it would do -- that secure the border.
First your reaction.
Well first all -- made obvious the border security is critical but here's why it's critical -- America's special country people wanted to come here from all over the world in fact it's so special that.
Some people are willing to come here and risk their lives to come illegally we we understand that but on the other hand were sovereign country.
And every sovereign country on the planet has a right to defend its borders and its sovereignty.
And so that's why border security is so critical.
And that's why we're gonna have to step up what we do on border security and that's why it was one of the founding principles of this bill when it came out was that the border security.
Needed to be it prominent feature of this bill now since we've introduced it.
And and you know that on your show I've done this and on other shows I've asked people for their input we've asked people for their input and they've raised valid concerns about.
What's wrong with the proposal as it stands on border security so.
I think -- over the next few hours there's going to be additional news to report on the work of some of my Republican colleagues to significantly and substantially increase.
The border security parts of the bill are that you seven and a Univision interview senator of the got a lot of play and a lot of anger among conservatives -- said quote.
Legalization is going to happen.
First comes legalization.
Then comes measures to secure the border.
Is that the right priority should -- be secure the border first.
Well first of all that's not what the bill does and ended -- how the bill works is -- the permanent residency which is the ability to stay in the country permanently and one day even apply for citizenship for that to happen.
And all sorts of border provisions including the ones that are going to be hopefully announce tomorrow that some of my Republican colleagues are gonna produce all those things must happen.
Before anyone can -- possibly who has violated our immigration laws before they can apply for permanent status.
What some people have anxiety about is the fact that there are people living here now in the United States we're gonna begin to work legally in the United States before all of that is completed.
But the way to look at it the way that I've looked -- it is.
There are ready here they -- here now and they're working here now the only difference of this passes this will know who they are they -- undergone a background check there won't pay a fine.
And they're going to be paying taxes.
If we don't deal with that now it'll stay the way it is and in essence it's -- facto amnesty and it'll stay that way for three or four years.
And I just think that's bad for the country now as far as being permanently here they cannot be permanently here they cannot be permanently here.
Until those important elements that I've discussed until those things happen -- senator you mentioned twice.
Now what what we might hear tomorrow about the bill I have a source in Washington.
-- told me earlier tonight that tomorrow there's going to be -- she huge border security amendment added to the bill and I don't know what you very able to confirm here tonight.
I'm told that the number of agents will be doubled.
I'm told that there will be a completion of the 700 mile fence.
That all the technology issues.
That all of this will be done and they won't all be triggers before there's any legalization or path to green card can you confirm any of that.
Well what I can tell you is that we have some Republican colleagues here in the senate that have been working very hard based on the public input that people are getting him believe me we're getting -- like you're getting it on the show.
About how we can improve border security.
And -- been working hard to come up with a proposal.
-- I -- there's still finalizing that and I'll leave it to them to announce that because they've worked so hard on it.
But let me just say that what I think you can expect to see tomorrow is a substantial improvement a substantial improvement.
And the border security parts of this bill.
And and we think that's important for the reasons I've outlined this is not about anti immigrants or anything they're trying to be tough on anybody we are sovereign country.
And every sovereign country in the world has -- right to protect its borders and who has access to the country every country in the world does that why would we be expected not to do that.
So -- I think a lot of people were surprised that and in previous interviews that I had with he said you secure the border first but a number of amendments have been voted on.
That would do just that a couple yesterday -- voted against the because -- and the reason why -- is because I think the proposals need to go even further for example.
One of the criticisms we've heard from the public input is that the bill leaves that to the Department of Homeland Security to design the plan so that some of these amendments -- -- they were very well intentioned.
And I think I know where they were trying to get out there were positive in that regard but we don't -- -- I don't wanna leave the plans designed based on all this criticism and the -- -- we've gotten.
We don't wanna leave at the Janet Apollo tunnel to design the border plan we want to put it specifically in the bill that's one example.
That's one of the reasons quite frankly why didn't support those amendments because I think -- my Republican colleagues are gonna produce tomorrow.
It's going to be substantially better so you're saying you knew that this out of these other changes were common.
And -- let me -- they -- maybe -- should -- a finality question.
If you're not convinced that the border will be secure so this problem is gone forever.
Is that a deal killer field.
Yeah it's not worth doing the bill that doesn't happen because border security and again I -- try to remind every the reason why border security so important.
It's not because we're trying to be mean -- harsh towards anyone it's because as a sovereign country.
We have an obligation and a right to protect our borders and who has access to our country.
Americas a special country we understand why people want to come here and we feel sympathetic to people that because of desperation in their home countries.
They come here risked their lives and what have you.
But we can't allow that to happen because -- you lose that you lose your sovereignty and that's why it's so critical of the border elements in this -- be right.
In order for to have the kind of support it deserves quite frankly in order -- even be involved in the issue to begin with.
Without the border security being a top priority that's not something I could have even started working on because.
It leaves the problem in place they are you telling conservatives -- to be patient with -- says that does the -- not finished in May be their -- too too much into it too early.
Why I think conservatives have a right to be skeptical about this the federal government under both Republicans and Democrats in the past the failed to enforce our immigration laws.
That's why we have eleven million people here that are legally here.
I just honestly conclude it look as obvious I didn't do this -- political gain I mean this is not something that's gonna -- any parades.
People are frustrated and and I do understand it well I hope they understand is that I studied this issue carefully for almost two years.
And I concluded that what what we have in place right now is a disaster it is hurting in this country terribly.
And if we don't deal with this problem and particularly with the border security but also identifying these people that are living in our country.
And start getting on the pay taxes and and consequences for having violated our laws.
We're gonna leave in place a disaster a de facto amnesty disaster that's hurting our economy it's hurting our sovereignty it's hurting our security.
You know so I guess the reason for the distrust every time for example we hear that there's going to be spending.
Reined in and and tax increases the American people seem to always get the the tax increase -- -- never get the spending cuts so you I guess you understand that -- -- I do and that's why those things are linked that's why the permanent residency with the green card.
About why that won't happen unless these border provisions happened first -- and not I think we'll be made clear tomorrow when that when that amendment is filed hopefully in the morning because it can I just get you maybe to reiterate just but -- because there's been so much debate about this -- saying that you -- pretty confident tomorrow.
That the border will be secure first -- triggers before there's any path to legalization.
Before there's -- path to permanent residence and permanent legal residency in the United States you have eleven million people that are living here right now.
We have to find out who they are we have to run them through a background check and they have to start paying taxes and have to pay a fine.
That has that bit but that's not permanent and that's a temporary work status.
The only difference between what they're doing now and what I'm proposing is that they have to pay taxes and undergo a background check there -- -- here -- here among us.
I keep hearing that the house is talking about -- for creating it and saying all right well past the border security first then as soon as that is complete.
-- will move forward with dealing with the eleven million people.
If in fact they pass that it goes to conference would you support that.
Yeah listen we can't do anything without the house now I'm not gonna tell -- house what to do house members of strong opinions about this and they're gonna go in the direction they feel is right for the country that's I think people have to remember.
That we finish the senate process that still has to go through the house.
And a lengthy process there'll be plenty of time for debate and improvement here I think the house is already thinking about ideas and about how to make it better and and quit quite frankly they have their own criteria -- all of us senator thank you for clarifying that look forward to this announcement tomorrow thank you for giving us a heads up about it.
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