Beltway Confidential

Rubio: Immigration reform bill ‘a strong conservative effort’

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Beltway Confidential,Charlie Spiering,Politics Digest

Sen. Marco Rubio issued a statement moments ago promoting the immigration reform bill released by the Gang of Eight senators working on the issue.

“While I believe this legislation is a strong conservative effort that will accomplish all these things and tries to make the best of the imperfect reality we face, it’s not perfect,” the Florida Republican admitted. “But I am also confident that an open and transparent process that welcomes public input is going to make it even better.”

Rubio explained that the current immigration system was broken and the “11 million undocumented people” were living under “de facto amnesty.”

“This bill marks the beginning of an important debate, and I believe it will fix our broken system by securing our borders, improving interior enforcement, modernizing our legal immigration to help create jobs and protect American workers, and dealing with our undocumented population in a tough but humane way that is fair to those trying to come here the right way and linked to achieving several security triggers,” Rubio added.

Rubio also asked for feedback on the bill on his website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

“I encourage people to read this bill and tell us what we can do to make it better,” read his statement.

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