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And with the US senate expected to vote on immigration reform as early as next month.
Much less attention has been paid to an upcoming house proposal for now the house is deeply divided of the issue but Republican congressman Paul Ryan.
Maybe the key to changing that and joining me now the Wall Street Journal's Washington bureau chief.
-- side thanks for being with us -- all the -- -- -- -- always been on the Florida senator rubio but tell us why -- could play really pivotal role.
Well look I think in the senate -- -- -- is clearly important he's conservative he's Hispanic he's got presidential ambitions and he's really sees this issue.
But in the senate there's a real bipartisan movement there's a group of eight senators from both parties.
They're putting together what they hope is that kind of a consensus.
Comprehensive -- -- looks as if it's got a reasonably good chance of passing in the house it's not so clear there's.
A lot more opposition among conservative Republican rank and file members at the grassroots in the house.
A little less sort of high level support.
And the chances for passage there don't look so -- or at least not so easy and the idea of a comprehensive reform is really taking hold -- -- in the midst of all that on the house where the road looks tougher.
You got Paul Ryan standing up and making the conservative case for immigration reform both as the right thing to do for the country and -- a good thing for the American economy.
And being the ultimate policy -- that he is.
He's paying this not so much on the social moral grounds -- that Democrats like to talked about immigration on he says this is an economic matter.
When you look at why Japan has been stuck for twenty to thirty years lack.
Of good dynamic immigration is one of those contributors -- it's our strength of the US economy the question though -- is.
At a time when jobless rate is so high.
Will his fellow congressman -- an argument that says oh yeah let in more immigrants to take American jobs.
What you don't we talked about that you know that question -- take a right -- Paul Ryan's own congressional district in Wisconsin pretty much a white working class district.
Not the kind of place for immigration reform has traditionally been easy to sell.
But as you suggest Paul Ryan brings a kind of the reaganesque.
City on a mountaintop view of America to this argument says look this -- an economy that's gonna need more workers.
And it's gonna need entrepreneur doors and that's what immigrants are and he's gonna take that case to people both in the in the house.
And the people on the ground in his own district this week as a matter of fact.
And he said the best argument you can make to get this across to people is look.
There -- eleven million illegal immigrants here now are we going to deport eleven million people probably not so -- not the answer.
What's the real fix to this system and that's where he begins the sales.
You know it could cause -- collapse of the serves economy in the US we did this -- Deportation so -- liberty says -- tired huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
It doesn't say album wired -- engineers yearning to drive a Mercedes -- got to wonder how this -- gonna work.
Will we have sweeping or forming a single bill the way -- the gang of eight is hoping -- will -- be piecemeal steps.
-- that's really a key question here because in the house.
Congressman good -- who's the chairman of the Judiciary Committee has set.
We're not gonna do a comprehensive bill we're gonna do piece by piece we're gonna look at border security we're gonna look at.
H one B visas for high skilled workers the kind that the high tech industry wants we're gonna look at.
-- visas and then maybe we'll get around to looking at what we do to legalize -- illegally aliens who are ready here.
People in the senate think that's a recipe for killing a comprehensive bill because people cherry pick the things that they want will leave this up behind the people the things they don't want.
And by the way that's been the problem for the last several years on this issue Democrats aren't gonna buy into something that's not comprehensive because they think as you suggest.
Hi tech people get there -- visas for engineers.
They'll never be anything done about lower skilled workers so that's the danger that people some people see.
And I don't know -- Paul Ryan is gonna be powerful enough to turn that around -- who wants to.
He's just wants to find a formula for getting it done all right going to be key actor watched thanks for -- out for -- -- -- -- today.
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