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A complicated debate on immigration reform but hopes to move forward this week.
Democratic senator Ben -- serves on the foreign relations committee -- -- America cut needs an immigration system that is quote fair.
-- figured out and explained his position -- and more -- thank you so much for joining us.
And it's great to be with you things -- let me ask you because the latest amendment that was introduced on Friday essentially serves as a replacement for the bulk of the bill.
Nearly 12100 pages Long Will you have a chance to read it before you vote on Monday.
Absolutely love a chance to review and I can't tell you all read every -- -- -- read a great part of the bill the changes in the amendment.
Deals mainly what border security issues and that we will closely scrutinize.
-- -- ask you about critics of the latest what's being offered its inability than Mehmet substitute -- what ever will turn out to be the measure that's now on the senate.
Critics say that there is a lot of discretion built in for who ever is this secretary department Homeland Security at the time that this is being.
-- rolled out -- implemented.
I'm worried at the discretion is there so that even if triggers -- minimums are -- that's secretary whoever holds the position at the time.
Could actually overrule some of the teeth that are put into this amendment or the substitute bill -- response.
Well this bill is balance -- balance between protecting our borders to make sure people come into this country lawfully.
-- when their visas expired that they leave our country.
But it's also based allowing eleven million who are currently in America.
To earn a way to be able to stay here to legally work to get the protections of our law and have a pathway for citizenship.
It's that balance that we need to maintain in the bill the and demanded that we are considering on Monday.
Puts more money into border security quite frankly I'm surprised that the so called the fiscally conservative members.
Are looking at spending more money when there's no evidence that that those dollars are needed.
So we'll take a look at it but PI the idea here is to protect our borders and and to give those that are here.
A pathway that they learn to citizenship.
Well there is -- mixed news from the Congressional Budget Office the nonpartisan group that scores these measures.
And -- and there would be positive impact financially or fiscally on the country and the long term it said.
That it will also serve to reduce wages and increase the unemployment rate among Americans if this measure is passed.
Well I think it's gonna help our economy every time we we we get people out -- as we get him into the workforce legally.
They don't suppress wages they usually build up wages.
Also understand that our economy needs highly skilled workers.
One out of every five scientist -- Marilyn was not born in America so it allows us to get the type of talent we need.
The type of work force that'll be productive so America can be competitive.
OK so if it dies after -- was -- -- senate move throw.
And go to the house a number of GOP members they -- -- it's dead on arrival there working on their own up patchwork of different immigration related issues and measures over there.
How do you feel as a senator you've invested you believe that this is the best possible package you could come up with the fact that it's going to be met with a lot of resistance.
Well I I I wanna see the system work that the bill that is one before the senate thought the bill I would -- written.
But is truly it compromise between the Democrats or Republicans.
That fix our broken immigration system the big loser if we don't get immigration reform Don is America.
It really will affect our competitiveness.
Yes it effects the eleven million that are in the shadows today.
But it also affects the strength of America.
And I think what most Americans want us to do is to work together and bring about results that's what we're doing in the senate and I hope the house would join us.
All right senator we -- a busy week ahead thanks for stopping by -- share with -- that we appreciate it.
My pleasure good to be with you.
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