Rubio Explains Why Immigration Deal Is ‘Not Amnesty’
April 14, 2013 - 1:19 pm
On ABC’s This Week, Rubio said input of the other 92 senators should make the Group of Eight’s bill even better.
“I’ve tried to incorporate as many of their ideas as possible given the bills they’ve filed in the past. If some of them have submitted letters that have outlined concerns, and we have answers for all of those concerns. I look forward to how they can improve this bill and this product. As far as the Republican Party is concerned, I just want the Republican Party to be what it’s always been. I want the conservative movement to be what it’s always been about. And that is solving problems in a way that true to our values and the principles of the greatest nation on Earth,” the senator said.
“Even if we didn’t have a single illegal immigrant in the United States, we’d have to do immigration reform because our legal immigration system is broken… I just hope that I can convince people that leaving things the way they are now is much worse than approaching it the way we’ve outlined.”
On CBS’ Face the Nation, Rubio said he’s optimistic about the bill’s chances because it “answers all the questions that people raise.”
“This bill does three things that are fundamentally important for our country. It modernizes our legal immigration system, something we need to do no matter what,” he said. “It puts in place the toughest enforcement measures in the history of the United States, potentially in the world.”