The Immigration Debate
FNC's Martha MacCallum weighs in on immigration reform.
- Duration 6:26
- Date Jan 29, 2013
FNC's Martha MacCallum weighs in on immigration reform.
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Well I can Amish market on the assumption here were -- -- he's gray cat.
He's -- you know I it spend every morning -- Salam I'm happy about that -- -- I soared nearly dark and explain immigration.
But the controversy is offending well we have Marco Rubio on today -- America's.
Asian coming up so we're looking forward to that -- you know what was interesting things to me about this whole thing is politically Marco Rubio was talking about this proposal that he had.
During the campaign what does a proposal.
Basically that you know if you came here under certain age you would be grandfathered in if -- came in with your family.
Exemptions for people who don't serve in the military.
And then basically -- path to citizenship.
For people who've been here.
And you know are still have overstayed their Visa and are here illegally.
It's a way of dealing with the eleven million immigrants were in this country illegally and -- you know one of the most passionate things he talked about during the campaign was just in terms of the Hispanic vote.
In recent look every when I grew up with.
Knows somebody in this situation as their mother -- their grandmother their brother this is a very.
-- -- You know intimate situation for so many people in this country.
And then there are those of us -- who are outside of that situation they're not an understanding of it he's saying if conservatives don't embraces don't understand it.
They will never be able to -- another presidential election.
One of the things that -- -- was that he talked to Iran about this during the campaign in Florida.
And try to get a mom board and I asked him I asked Marco Rubio back then -- you think you'll be able to sway him on this and he said.
I don't really gonna try.
But if you look back at it if he had been able to convince Marco Rubio then and -- -- -- on me that excuse me.
You know we could've seen a different outcome to this election because -- Margaret did you not go public with his proposal at that time.
Days after that the president came part of this and it was embraced in huge way by Hispanic voters in this country.
Anyone Hispanic vote by -- 1% so.
You know I think that -- there is a real wake up call for concern -- in the country right now in terms of embracing some form of this the big question I think is going to be we'll Democrats allow them to be part of the deal that passes it.
You know because that becomes that neutralizes it to a certain -- backed.
With voters in the country so will Democrats allow Republicans to become part of this solution.
And I think that Americans really wanna see some some cooperation on this if there's anything they can cooperate on I think you might -- yes.
On -- is a lot of men and -- -- here.
And have been here for some time about working.
But it -- -- actually -- in most cases they do well in fact a lot of illegal immigrants pay taxes because there illegally working.
At a company in this country and there are you know getting their paycheck campaign taxes under and it illegal -- -- they haven't been found out yet they're paying into the system and not get anything out of it -- -- -- be one of the biggest issues that comes up here.
But the that that's why the untold stories are -- -- underlying current that this country -- -- What -- what's the -- -- -- on -- As I announced earlier this morning gorilla is gonna ask her about those.
And I was gonna see how long term extension.
And you know.
And actually intrusive and so far spent about six months.
Which usually don't record from -- -- a record Terry and all -- what has been the conservative position.
You know the F to secure the borders first and that really hasn't changed in this proposal -- -- to secure the borders first and that illegal immigrants you know.
-- -- For the longest time really they've basically said that they should leave right that they can't stay but nobody really wants to do that people aren't gonna go around house by house -- Turkey and people out of the country.
So I think -- you know conservatives need to acknowledge where they really stand on the issue that they do you want some sort of path to citizenship has been such a dirty phrase you know.
It means amnesty that that's been the sort of accepted part wants now you're at it we're we're yet to hear -- the other side of this argument because -- representatives.
The Republican represented is in the house.
Have yet to really speak out on this and there there may they may be in the separatists in there in their reaction to this whole thing we're that I.
Senator reveal and others and Democrats for example.
On to turn abortive what's their position very I mean rubio wants very much to secure the border as a prerequisite.
For this plant I'll you have an SO and I didn't have a self you know music to take a heck of a long time.
To get this done -- but I think you know John -- -- yesterday.
You know are we really we really think that the United States of America can't secure the border is to such a political issue to physically secure that border.
That we haven't been able to accomplish it so our Democrats.
-- securing the border.
-- I I think if you ask the administration -- say it's more secure than it's ever been that they've -- more people out of the country is then then previous administrations before items I think there's a lot of common ground here.
And you know.
I think there's at 12% 11% congressional approval rating in this country.
So I I think it's -- I think is something that if people get together on it I think the American people feel.
Like it's a step attraction for a very very unloved group they what do you think about it -- -- spent a ton of time in Mexico what do you think he think they can secure the border.
Bottoming out bankers to make a better effort -- but I am for people have been on this country.
On campus or -- -- I mean and you -- I think people feel that there's there's an injustice in the way -- and I know it.
Mean everybody knows -- some ailing member or friend is somebody who's in this country and their story to yield.
Is -- unique story -- I -- the government allowed this person to stay right but everybody has those stories across the country.
But we -- have a a better system and that's -- Jeb Bush -- been talking about -- be comprehensive.
Because the system is outdated and it doesn't work and you know it it it gives people.
You know some people an undue advantage and other people.
No -- management.
Member of all right let's say that it is -- have broken the law but just don't like.
You know they've robbed somebody -- -- -- not sent technically good but and a country lately and Lebanon.
There's so much bureaucracy embodied in staying in this country.
That you know people get through the recent runs out and then they stay and they just sort of wait for somebody to figure out that there that there there and fortunately because we have so much bureaucracy easily takes a pretty long time --