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Exclusive Interview: Rubio Calls Immigration Proposal a "Starting Point"

No-Way-Jose Wrote: Apr 25, 2013 11:47 AM
Where did I say we should immediately deport 12 million people. The answer is attrition through enforcement -- it would work but it has never been tried. And even if the reality is that we aren't going to get rid of many of these illegals why do we have to whitewash their crimes by giving them legal status? Let them live their lives with the indignity that they so richly deserve.

In an exclusive interview with Townhall, Sen. Marco Rubio repeatedly emphasizes that the "Gang of Eight" framework on comprehensive immigration reform is not a "take it or leave it" proposition.  He strongly encourages fellow conservatives to help improve and strengthen the bill as the legislative process advances.  Below is the audio and transcript of the full exchange, which will air on my radio program this weekend.  Rubio addresses various provisions within the legislation, as well as some conservatives' objections -- general and specific -- to the framework: