by John Polivick, Esq.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., one of the Senate’s “Gang of Eight,” said Sunday that the comprehensive immigration reform bill is almost what it needs to be to win congressional approval.
Rubio said on ABC’s This Week that the proposed legislation needs stronger border security measures to ensure passing in the House.
“I think it’s an excellent starting point, and I think 95, 96 percent of the bill is in perfect shape and ready to go,” he said. “But there are elements that need to be improved.”
But we all know the devil is in the details, right? Hopefully, that 4 or 5 per cent won’t be the devil that derails immigration reform. There are far too many people depending on this bill – people who can add to the american fabric, economy and culture.
The negotiators are trying to come up with more specific targets and triggers to satisfy conservatives who are skeptical about the government’s ability to stop the flow of illegal immigration into the country.
“I think the debate now is about what that border security provision looks like,” the 42-year-old Rubio said, ”and if we do that, this bill will have strong bipartisan support. If we fail, we’re going to keep trying, because at the end of the day, the only way we’re going to pass an immigration reform law out of the House and Senate so the president can sign it is, that it has real border security measures within it.”
The Senate voted 82-15 last week to take up the plan, far above the 60-vote threshold for passage. The more votes it gets in the Senate, the better chance it has in the House, where Speaker John Boehner is reluctant to bring up any immigration bill that doesn’t have strong support among Republicans.
Boehner has said he wants to have a vote on immigration reform before Congress takes its break in August.