The Coming Immigration Debate
posted at 6:19 pm on December 12, 2012 by Duane Patterson
It’s going to be a tough issue for conservatives, and even the very articulate Marco Rubio seems to believe it will be a comprehensive package, and he normally hates comprehensive packages. Here’s what he has to say with Hugh Hewitt on Hugh’s show this afternoon.
Look, I’m open-minded on the approach, except that my preference is we have to deal with it comprehensively. I just question the wisdom of doing it in one massive piece of legislation, the reason being that every time that Washington has tried to tackle an issue like this comprehensively, you end up trading one good policy in exchange for five very bad policies or four very bad policies. I also think it’s difficult to put together the kind of support for a big piece of legislation. Some people think that that means well, let’s just do the easy stuff and not touch the hard stuff. I don’t think that’s true at all. I think we have to do all of it. That’s why I believe we have to deal with it comprehensively. And maybe I’m wrong about doing it in one big bill. I’m just wary of it, because I think it’s failed in the past, because you end up having to do three or four really bad things in order to get one good thing done. Look, this is a serious issue. We have to solve it. It’s important for our country to solve this issue. But it has to be done, and it has to be done in a way that’s humane and compassionate. But it also has to be done in a way that’s responsible. We do want to be compassionate to the people, like the young people that were brought here when they were children. We do want to take into account the fact that when you talk about 11 million undocumented people, you’re talking about 11 million human beings with real families and real stories. And on the other hand, we want to make sure that we’re being fair to the people who have done it right, and we want to make sure we don’t do anything that encourages people to do this in the future, because if we do it the wrong way, in ten years, we’ll have another 11 million people. So we don’t want that to happen, either. So this is going to take a little time, but I think it’s important to do it right. It’s a very important thing for our country. America cannot be what it is destined to be in the 21st Century if we don’t figure this out, and I hope to play an important role in that.
The rest of the interview transcript, and the audio of it, will be available a little later here.