Let me tell you something, folks. For all of you people that might be, oh, a little cynical about Senator Rubio… I understand that, by the way. I understand it. But Marco Rubio believes in this stuff. He wants to take it out. He wants to try to sell it. He wants to try to break up this monopoly the left has on their caricatures and cliches about conservatives, and he’s gotta be given credit for that. I just want to remind you, too: Even Reagan was fooled by the first amnesty bill.
Back in 1986, Ronald Reagan said it’s high time we regained control of our borders, and this bill will do it — and the bill would have, had it been enforced. There was border enforcement all over the ’86 reform bill. It just wasn’t enforced. That was essentially what I was asking Senator Rubio. “What do you do if you get the perfect bill? We’ve got a president who’s not enforcing existing immigration law. He says that he’s not gonna have border protection in his bill, which he’s announcing today.
“He even sued the state of Arizona for basically trying to enforce federal law!” But it’s better that somebody’s gonna try rather than saying, “Well, to hell with it. It’s over. It’s finished. We can’t beat these guys.” You know, he’s got the youthful exuberance that you need. He’s got the youthful attachment to possibilities, the youthful attachment to success. You don’t want somebody that’s jaundiced and the victim of so much cynicism that they’re defeatist in this thing.
It even fooled Reagan.