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Rubio hopes immigration bill will fix problems for good

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Updated: 4/20/2013 2:14 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio says he hopes the proposed immigration reform bill will fix the nation's immigration problem permanently.

Speaking at a news conference at The Venetian where he is attending the three-day Republic Jewish Coalition, Rubio said he looks forward to the public's input on the just released bill.

"I want this project to be a good project. I don't want to be here 10 years from now and hear people say we don't want to make the mistakes of 2013," Rubio said while speaking in the Bellini Ballroom. "I want to be associated with something that fixes this problem once and for all."

Rubio said he expects the process won't be easy.

"I assure you that everyone who is against immigration reform, all those leading groups who oppose it, are going through it with a fine-tooth comb and finding everything they don't like about it," he said. "There are some people who will offer amendments that are simply designed to scuttle the effort. They are poison pills designed to make sure the bill fails. And if that's what they are doing we will understand that and we'll call it out for what it is. We'll help defeat it.

"Obviously, I expect this to be an open and sincere process because I think our 92 other colleagues and the public can help us make our law better," the man who was raised in Las Vegas said. "They are going to identify things in the bill that need to be fixed and I look forward to fixing those things."

Rubio, one of eight senators who helped write the proposed bill, said he would work hard against false attacks and rumors about the legislation.

"What I'm not going to allow is for people to say things about the bill that aren't true to perpetuate myths. I hear people saying this is going to bring 40 million people into the United States. That is false. I hear people saying that this is going to put millions of people on the welfare rolls. That is false.

"Many of the opponents of immigration reform contradict themselves. On the one hand they are going around telling people that these people are going to come here and take away jobs from Americans and on the other hand they say they are going to come here and go on welfare, so which one is it? Are they coming here for welfare or are they coming here for work? The answer is they are coming here for work, but not for work to take it away from Americans. It's worth that right now they are doing. We're not talking about bringing in 11 million new people. These are people that are here now. You walk by them, you drive by them every single day whether you know it or not. Every single day, you are interacting in business, professionally or in your church or in your school with someone who is illegally in the country. And there are millions of people like that and they are going to be here for the rest of their lives and it's not good for America for them to be here in that status. So let's fix in in a way that ensures that we never, never have to do this again."

Rubio said he expects Nevada Sen. Dean Heller and a fellow Republican to work with him of the legislation.

“He’s expressed an openness and willingness to be part of the solution,” Rubio said of Heller. “I found him to be very open minded.”


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