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Now democratic congressman -- the terms of Illinois.
Who chairs the immigration task force of the congressional Hispanic caucus congressman great to Iraq.
Great to see a great to have you with us on the broadcast happy to be back with you look -- -- -- Good evening and you first your reaction to now three states.
Are being challenged by the Obama Justice Department.
We have as you know about twenty states that are effectively operating sanctuary states seventy cities that are department seventy cities across the country that are Sanctuary Cities.
The Obama Justice Department even though many of those are in violation -- you know the 1996 law.
Are not being challenged by this department what does it say.
But says that we have a broken immigration system.
That's a broken immigration system that we have different ways.
Of a value -- -- and attending to -- at a local that if they.
And at a federal level.
And it would be my hope that the congress of the United States would do its job.
And that is to fix the broken immigration system that we have I would is in Birmingham Alabama two weekends ago right I spent.
A day there and I traveled throughout the state three different cities and I gotta tell you -- when.
When two American citizens.
-- -- war.
Library cards and their mothers on document that he gets charged with two -- -- there's something wrong with our immigration system -- that's gonna reduce crime.
American citizen children should be punished.
For fraud immigration system and the fact is that.
There are not getting health care they're not enrolling in school because their parents are afraid to take them there and we shouldn't.
Target people and -- I mean I gotta tell you -- and -- -- this is anti.
Immigrant legislation which it is.
It's also anti Alabama legislation I've visited the -- there potatoes that are gonna rot in that.
Aren't they're not gonna go to harvest if there's no when -- picked on so look let's figure out a solution so farmers can get their crops.
That their -- fit to market and people can get their children this.
Cool you know amongst the things that we -- on this broadcast and we talk about solutions congress.
We have jobs -- -- we're in which we're talking with some terrific people thought that -- -- of the debate personal we have not had you on that we what we need you to get on there.
But what I -- one of the recommendations was.
A -- that will provide legal status not a path to citizenship.
But legal status of those are in the country illegally so that there could be an -- and and indeed -- some decision.
Reached as to what these people are doing here.
How long they've been here how -- comported themselves.
As is -- -- not citizens obviously in the country.
And indeed making decisions.
Why is that there wiser such resistance to that idea.
On the part of the -- the applicants.
I get I gotta I gotta tell you something -- when we proposed the legislation.
We said you gotta come out of the shadows you gotta give us after your fingerprints got to go through background check.
Yet enrolled for civics classes we're gonna that -- on the subject as the end of ruling -- -- we're gonna test you yet they are your back -- -- -- -- -- got to go to the back of the line.
And we'll be -- -- legislation ninth ten years later you cannot fly.
For permanent -- so basically we're giving you acquired for indentured servitude in the United States of America.
And we think that's a proper way to address the issue not if you wanna ask me -- that's it I guess.
I guess who the question is in ten years do they get to apply for Americans that is that because I think one of the -- -- let me take what I think is.
Phenomenal about the Americans with them right unlike the friends and the others and that is.
You got a stake in this country that would really -- 8910 million people walking around that don't.
Have -- whole thing in the American system that believe in this country love this country.
You know incorporate themselves fully into that and then we -- -- medical we don't want so I think.
I imagine we energized about it -- -- let me interject there aren't you look down a couple of -- including Mexico.
You don't have anything in this hemisphere that approaches the openness with which we received immigrants legal immigrants.
Or for that matter illegal and you can't even if you can there is no analogue on the face of this planet.
How -- coming and how receptive this country is to.
Immigrants illegal and legal would you not agree with the I think -- can you think the one exception to what -- so.
Let them let let me just say this look I think the history of the United States.
Is full of wonderful examples about the greatness of the nation of America and of -- right now immigrants.
-- and I think right now absolutely we are receiving immigrants and integrating them into the fabric so we're gonna -- ten million we -- ten million like the ones that were tending to the fields and Alabama that are necessary.
And all I'm trying to say is.
The system was broken right now I think Obama on down.
We look the other way they incorporated that -- attempt 1520 years plus.
-- have and somehow some of that showed up but it's -- and a little bit longer -- but here's the point I'm making can't we just added to the point.
There were we can start having an honest discussion and that means let's get legalization.
And then moved from there.
That -- -- I am deciding what's gonna happen ten years out you an eyeball to know that this is a game.
And what we have to do is get the -- over -- -- aside and start dealing honestly with what is in this nation's interest and what it's in the interest of the only.
-- -- I'm gonna continue to to try to do that but when I see members of our armed forces.
Go off to Afghanistan and Iraq and their -- -- ordered the -- systems broken.
You know there 5000 American citizen children that we just reported originally and saying they did that apparently -- that -- it.
Congressman you've been saying exactly Baghdad since 2005.
It's now to counsel at some point somebody's gotta say and I'm gonna be amongst the very first I've been amongst the first to say.
This is really about solving a problem.
And what we've been watched what we've watched.
Is the perpetuation of a problem not its -- resolution.
And we've lot of things you know.
This report we go to last night -- but.
But I think you have to also -- -- -- -- the -- if you did sit down with differently.
And Kennedy said that when McCain in the -- of you came up with comprehensive immigration reform.
That action and how without listening and die break -- test in the in the that I.
In the house of represented so -- you have to house is still an important part of our government right.
I I it's got UN at its heavy import.
Think you know I know what -- -- look I'm working to make the system there and adjust for off to protect America.
And to make the system fair and just -- I'm gonna continue to do that and.
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