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.”