Meet the Press | February 03, 2013
>> immigration. this is chuck schumer this week on the issue of immigration.
>> for the first time ever, there is more political risk in opposing immigration reform than in supporting it.
>> ana navarro, you were closely advising marco rubio , who is a part of this group, bipartisan group of senators. is chuck schumer right? there is more political risk opposing than to supporting?
>> i think there's political risk on both sides. and i'm very proud of what marco rubio is doing, stepping outside of the political safe zone, really going out on a limb and leading. i think he is making a big difference in how this issue is being received by the conservative base. he is an hispanic republican, they give him deaference because of that. he is also very popular with the conservative base and put a lot of time and effort into selling these principles and explaining them before they were afounnounced a week or two. he was on the radio or tv all the time explaining it to the conservative base and in spanish to the hispanic community. it needs to be supported by both.
>> you know, ralph, national review respectfully came out against marco rubio 's plan. they said he's wrong about how to go about repairing the immigration system. wrong to think that an amnesty bill at this time will end up being anything other than at unbuttered side of a loaf of bread, and there's no fear to lose a hispanic vote the republicans never had.
>> this editorial seemed off on recent history.
>> well, the republicans have now lost four out of the six presidential elections since the berlin wall fell. and the only two that they won, the candidate was somebody from a border state , with mexico, who said that family values don't end at the rio grande , and whose vision for the future of the country --
>> you work with a lot of social conservatives . is that message going to work?
>> well, i think so, and i'll tell you why. first of all, the devil will be in the details, if i can use that metaphor. but people of faith are commanded by scripture. both old and new testament. to welcome the foreigner and show compassion for the immigrant. but there's a cresponsibility, to obey the law and show respect for the customs of the nation in which they reside in. so, for example, you've got a million people who are spouses or children of people who are here legally.
>> with green cards .
>> seeking a green card . 200,000 of those are minor children. we do not believe, chuck, that somebody who violated our law as their first step on the road to becoming an american should take precedence over those minor children entering the country.
>> is this going to work?
>> you know, i have been so frustrated this week. we've got an aging society with stagnant education levels. out there, there is a global pool of talent. they'll pay more taxes than they receive. they'll create a much more dynamic economy. and the last week in washington, we've been side tracked off this potential to actually give some growth to our economy by issues of how many links are in the chain we're going to build. what's going to trigger what. does gay marriage affect all of this? it's like this moral i]obtuseness. this is our only shot at getting a growing economy. this attempt to win the race for global talent out there, and