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Marco Rubio's Evolution on Immigration Reform

10:35 AM, Feb 5, 2013 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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The other lesson is the only way to make sure it happens is to link it to something that people really want, and that’s why we’ve come up with this green card process being linked to the enforcement structures.

And the green card process will not begin until there are verifiable enforcement measures that are in place. Obviously, the two big questions we need to answer are, what is sufficient in terms of enforcement, and, number two, is who verifies it, how is it verified?

And those things are going to have to be worked out. And a lot of that has to do with public confidence. If people do not believe that what we are doing is going to happen or is even doable then this whole thing isn’t going to work. There is no way that this measure can become law unless we do something that has the confidence of the vast majority of people.

Q: If this new reform is passed, some people will still sneak into the country illegally even if it’s a much smaller number because these enforcement measures work. What should happen to these people two, three, five years from now?

RUBIO: Number one, it’s going to be easier to manage the numbers of people that are accomplishing that if in fact the border has been substantially secured. Number two, it will be very difficult for people that are coming in to get a job which is going to discourage them from coming. Because if you have a workplace enforcement mechanism, and real penalties for those who hire those that are undocumented, it’s going to be harder for people to find jobs, which is the largest magnet that brings people here. And number three, we’re going to have a better idea of who they are because we’re going to be tracking not when people come in but whether people are leaving or not. It’s going to be easier to track these people down.

At the end of the day, I think your question is are we going to enforce our laws and deport people in the future when we have been unwilling to do it now, and I think the answer has to be yes or we’re going to wind up back here again in less than 10 years.

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