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-- new immigration bill on its way to a final senate vote this week several house Republicans already signaling that bill could face issues in their chamber.
Florida senator Marco Rubio supports the bill is with me now live from the hill -- -- -- good morning to you.
Won't go back here to America's news -- -- we get the prediction on the table first.
What happens in the senate would this.
Well I think it because of the border security amendment that was added to the bill now with the -- a hundred some 120 pages of border security that includes 700.
-- miles of fencing 20000 new border agents a specific technology plan that is the minimum that's now mandated because of that.
I think we'll see a vote that approximates 6667.
Maybe even 68 senators including fourteen Republicans.
Which is a dramatic improvement from where we were a week ago.
Obviously the house is gonna have its own bill probably very different than ours and and we respect that they have a right to do that we'll see what process they -- that you we shall have you had conversations with your Republican colleagues in the house on this.
We have not in -- high level of detail but look people are just it's not just about immigration I think the lack of trust in government is really at an all time high.
And people actually believe that no matter what we write in this -- the government's not gonna enforce it and it's hard to disagree with that when you see headlines about the IRS and the questions that remain about Ben -- and reporters being.
Persecuted by the Justice Department basically so when you see all of that of course distrust -- government gonna -- -- -- with me on the other hand.
My argument is that look what we have in place now.
If we don't do anything this is what's gonna stay.
What's gonna stay is eleven million people that are here illegally no fans no technology.
Can you convince some of them to support your -- -- right.
Well I think part of the problem too is that people have been burned by these big bills in the passing of these history of -- bills that have come up and some people have been burned about that as well for the skepticism is -- -- share a lot of it.
On the other hand I understand this problem is complex and comprehensive and if we leave it the way it is we don't do anything my argument is if we don't do something.
Then we're gonna get stuck with what we have now for the next five or six years -- -- -- allowed -- -- people get this thing is that senator Rand Paul says he can't support this bill because.
The border security is not where he wants it.
And I think he speaks on behalf of a lot of house Republicans were skeptical too.
How do you change their -- sports and well first of I think that measures that we've taken on the border unprecedented 20000 new border agents were doubling the size of the Border Patrol we are mandating and it's not.
They can't even -- this you have to build 700 miles of new fencing that's real a mandatory.
Conservatives have been asking for for years and entry exit tracking system over four billion dollars in specific detail technology like drones and land sensors and cameras and things of that nature I mean it's an unprecedented surge and border security unlike anything that's ever happened quite frank and I thought laundry list of things -- -- I think when you look at the less you use -- impressed by.
But -- plus they will come round saying you know what we did this in 1986 and we -- -- the American people.
We didn't I do what we said we would do in 1986 and now we're gonna do it all over again.
And with senators of all argues what he argues that sense of benchmarks.
-- -- border security hits and this mark this year at this market share and that if it if we do we keep hitting those benchmarks.
That we can proceed with the legislation.
What's what -- that idea.
Well let me just say that some 1986 law that's very different the 1986 law basically granted -- status in this country but it didn't condition it on anything.
That's why the border stuff never happen because they're right future -- didn't funded and future administrations didn't prioritize it in this bill.
These folks cannot get a green card they cannot become permanent residents of this country.
In these measures don't happen all five of them have to happen the 700 miles -- -- the 20000 border agents the the four billion dollars of new technology all these things have to happen.
Or they don't get the green card that 86 -- effort wasn't -- and that's why didn't happen.
And the thirty seconds I have left.
Let's say the bill doesn't get signed in the law in the -- and in the end all you do is cause.
A big fat within the Republican Party.
What are you left -- Well look I mean I came up -- try to fix problems I did and I try to keep -- -- wasn't gonna leave this issue just for the Democrats to try to solve them -- we were going to be debating an immigration reform bill in the senate one way or the other the choice was that conservatives get involved.
And try to move it in the right direction.
As if it was up to them there wouldn't be any border security they say the borders already -- here it was up to them it wouldn't be any -- and we would even be having a border security debate if it was up to them and I wasn't going to leave it just to them.
So I've done the best that I can and I understand people why they disagree with me will continue to work hard to try to solve this problem.
And I know you think what you put immigration behind you can work and bigger issues like the economy -- we appreciate your time thank you will be in touch -- in your office and we'll see.
The way we go this we've got a lot of breaking news this morning but thank you -- -- thank you thank our house.
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