Members of the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” senators working on immigration reform legislation say they should reach consensus on a draft bill by the end of this week. But other members such as Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida say that while they feel encouraged, “reports that the bipartisan group of eight senators have agreed on a legislative proposal are premature."
This morning, fmr. Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) and fmr. Rep. Connie Mack (R-FL) join “Starting Point” to discuss the immigration reform bill.
Mack says despite the AFL-CIO and U.S. Chamber of commerce possibly reaching a deal on immigration by the end of this week, “there’s still a long way to go.”
“We still have hearings that need to be done… we don’t want to have another situation like in healthcare where a bill is brought and nobody has a chance to read it so I think you’re going to see the senate going through a process of having hearings on the bill – understand what’s in it and then see if we could pass something,” Mack says.
Bono Mack says the compromise "is just the beginning of the conversation.”
“Immigration is a three-legged stool, and you can’t short up one at the expense of the other or the whole things going to fall apart,” she says.
Regarding North Korea’s decision to ramp up its rhetoric and military show of force, Mack says he thinks Kim Jong Un is a “immature brat.” He adds that the young North Korean leader “is trying to go onto the world stage and prove that he’s got some muscle that he can flex.”
Fmr. Congress Reps. Connie Mack & Mary Bono Mack weigh in on President Obama's immigration proposal.
One of the most famous economists in the world, and a leading liberal voice in the media, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman is also the author of “End This Depression Now” out now in paperback. He joins the "Starting Point" team this morning to weigh in on proposed immigration reform.
He also discusses what it will take to strengthen the U.S. economy, and debates Rep. Marsha Blackburn on the elements that are holding the country back from growth.
Transcript available after the video.
This morning on "Starting Point," Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) weighs in on the various plans for comprehensive immigration reform in the U.S. that have been released this week.
"What we want to make certain is that it is not amnesty," Rep. Blackburn says. "I have to tell you I think this is some of the particulars and the legislative language that people want to see. Because one of the lessons we have learned from decades past, decades, they have tried to address this issue, over the decades. It doesn't matter if it was Clinton or if it was Reagan, what we've learned is, if you grant amnesty, what do you get, more amnesty."
"Let's make certain it's going to be fair. Let's make certain that we're not doing something that is going to put even more pressure on the Obama care system and on the Medicaid system that we have," she adds.
This morning on "Starting Point," Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), a member of the Senate's 'Gang of 8,' weighs in on the bipartisan plan put forth for immigration reform.
"I think Senator McCain would say we've acknowledged that we've made tremendous progress," Sen Menendez says. "The question is, how do we use additional technology to enhance our border security? How do we amass the resources we have with border patrol, customs and others to the entry/exit points that are critical both for the border security, as well as for the commerce, along the border states?"
"We believe that there can be specific, substantive items that can be achieved, and that's what we'll work towards in the legislation. If I believed that, at the end of the day, this would just be a process for a veto towards achieving a pathway to citizenship, I would not have signed on to the principles. I think this is an important part of it and it will not be an impediment to achieving our goal of a pathway to citizenship," he adds.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) on the Senate's 'gang of 8' bipartisan plan for immigration reform.