Meet the Press   |  June 23, 2013

Can an immigration deal be reached?

Assistant Democratic Leader Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; immigration “Gang of 8” member, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., discuss the future of immigration reform.

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>> i want to switch gears. i've just got a couple minutes left. again, i appreciate you all bearing with me the fact this breaking news has come up. senator coburn, let me get your views on immigration at a critical time as we're heading toward the vote, as the senate is move ong this, the house will take it up, what do you think in the end we'll end up with, if anything, on immigration reform ?

>> well, my hope would be that we have a cogent border security plan, that we solve the difficulty of those living in the shadows, that they can come out, and that we don't ask the american people to trust us but we actually put out a cogent plan that actually solves the problem. border with walls but also with doors, much like reagan had espoused, and a way where we continue this grand experiment where we have a mix of everybody coming here to better their families, better our kcountry, and secure and enhance both their freedom and ours.

>> congresswoman, is whatever's being debated on terms of border security in the senate, is it enough to affect what's going to happen in the house? if you look at the experience of the farm bill here, are you going to be able to overcome conservative opposition to pathway to citizenship to get reform?

>> that's really speaker boehner's job to get his votes out of his conference. but i believe if you're going to look at $30 million br into border security , i mean, that's not been put aside, this whole issue of border security , because we'll have the money to do that. the whole issue that's it's an economic drain, we just found out this week, hey, it's about $900 billion in the positive. i believe from three standpoints we need to get it done and now is the time. we need to get it done from a homeland security perspective, it's better for our economy, and because it's about traditional american family values, keeping our families together. these are families that are deacons in our church, pta moms, little league coaches. they are part of our american fabric already.

>> all right. we're going to leave it there. again, i appreciate it. other topics i wanted to cover including the economy and more on immigration, but we've run out of time especially with this snowden news. thank you, all. look forward to having you back