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We are going live this is senator -- Rubio was about -- who is on the senate floor -- in what is being called his closing remarks ahead of the coming vote set to happen this later this afternoon.
I'm not what may be a historic vote on immigration reform he's been one of the leading Republican voices on this some feel he's putting his political career on the line.
They are about to cut off debate on this bill.
And here is the senator.
But limited education and no connections.
He just couldn't.
So they saved as much as they couldn't.
And on May 27 of 1956.
They board an airplane to -- They came to America in search of a better life.
-- like most recent arrivals life in America wasn't easy either.
My father had someone actually fanatically right on a little small piece of paper the words I am looking for war.
He memorize those words over literally the first words he learned to speak English.
He -- jobs wherever he could find them.
They both went to work at a factory building aluminum chairs.
My dad sort of working at the -- boy on Miami Beach eventually becoming a bartender.
He save money and tried to open up some businesses and when that didn't work they tried Los Angeles they tried Las Vegas.
That also didn't work and so he found himself back on Miami Beach behind the bar.
The -- as they were discouraged.
And they were homesick for Cuba to -- in the early days of Castro's rule before he came out as a Marxist.
They even entertain going back permanently.
Of course communism took root in Havana and that became possible to.
I'm sure that on their worst days they wondered if it would ever get better.
And then the miracle we know as America began to change their lives.
By 1967 they had saved enough money to buy a house that was within walking distance of the Orange Bowl -- -- We're on Sundays they used to make a little extra money by letting people parked on the line.
Now the sister was in ballet my brother became a star quarterback at Miami high.
But it wasn't just their lives changed.
Was also their hearts.
They still spoke spoke Spanish at home and they kept all the customs that they brought -- them from Cuba.
With each passing year.
This country became the wrong.
My mother calls -- on that terrible November day in 1963.
She -- At the news that her president had been slain.
She remembers that magical night in 1969.
When an American walked on the moon.
And she realized that now.
Nothing was impossible.
Do you see well before they ever became citizens.
In their hearts.
They had already become Americans.
It reminds us sometimes that we focus so much on how America immigrants to change America.
That we forget.
That America has always changed immigrants even more.
This is not just my story.
This is our story.
It reminds us of the words etched on the marble above the rostrum of the senate -- purpose -- them.
Out of -- one.
And no one should dispute that like every sovereign nation on this planet we have a right to control who comes and but unlike other countries.
We are not afraid of people coming in here from other places.
Inspired by our Judeo Christian principles we Americans have seemed a stranger.
And invited the men.
And our nation has been blessed -- In ways that remind us of these ancient words.
God divided the -- and let them through.
And made the water stand up like a wall.
By day he led them with a cloud by night the light a fire.
He split the rocks in the desert.
He gave them -- plentiful to drink guess from deep.
He makes strange -- from the rocket made -- run down like rivers.
And he commanded the clouds above and open the gates of heaven.
He rained down -- for their food and gave them -- from -- Our history is filled.
The dramatic evidence that God's hands upon our land.
And who among us would dispute that we Americans are blessed people.
In the harbor of our most famous city.
There's a statue of a woman holding a -- At the base of that statue -- opponent reads.
Keep ancient lands your storied pomp.
Give me your tired.
-- huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
The -- That that the wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these the homeless tempest tossed to me.
I lift my lamp beside the golden -- For over 200 years now they have come.
In search of liberty and freedom for sure.
-- -- Just in search of -- job to feed their kids.
A chance at a better life.
From Ireland and Poland.
From Germany and France.
From Mexico and Cuba.
They have come up.
They have come because in the land of their birth.
Their dreams were bigger than their opportunities.
Here they brought their language in their customs.
The religions and their music.
-- They've made ours as well.
-- a collection of people from everywhere.
We became one people.
Most exceptional nation and all of human history.
And even with all our challenges.
We remain that shining city on the hill.
We are still the hope of the world.
Go to our factories and our fields.
Of the kitchens and construction sites go to the cafeterias and is very capital.
And there you will find.
At the miracle of America is still alive.
We're here in American.
Those who once had no vote.
We'll give their kids the chance that a -- they always wanted for themselves here in America.
Generations of unfulfilled dreams will finally come to pass.
And that's why -- support this reform.
Not just because I believe -- immigrants.
Because I believe in America even more.
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