Chuck Schumer

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New York Senator Chuck Schumer addresses immigration reform, gang violence on the Senate floor, border security and the keys to bipartisan support. (7:41)

>> MY GUEST TONIGHT IS ONE

OF THE ARCHITECTS OF THE NEW

IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL.

I'LL ASK HOW HE GOT PAST MY

BORDER FENCE.

PLEASE WELCOME VIA SATELLITE

CHUCK SCHUMER.

SIR, WELCOME TO THE REPORT!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

NOW CHARLES SCHUMER OR

SHOULD I CALL UCAR LOSS

SCHUM-- CARLOS SCHUMER.

>> CHARLES IS GOOD.

>> FOR NOW, BECAUSE WE ARE

TAPING THIS AT 2:00 IN THE

AFTERNOON.

AND YOU ARE VOTING ON THE

IMMIGRATION BILL AROUND WHAT

TIME?

>> ABOUT 4:00.

>> OKAY, 4:00 AND I'M

SHOWING THIS TO MY STUDIO

AUDIENCE AT 7:30 BUT WE'RE

NOT BROADCASTING IT UNTIL

11:30, SO THANK YOU FOR

STAYING UP LATE WITH ME

TONIGHT TO PRETAPE THIS LOOK

BACK AT WHAT HADN'T YET

TRANSPIRED IN THE SENATE

LATER THIS AFTERNOON EARLIER

TODAY.

SO WHAT WILL HAVE HAD

HAPPENED?

>> WELL, I BELIEVE THAT THIS

COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION

BILL WILL HAVE PASSED BY A

VERY LARGE VOTE, TWO-THIRDS

OF THE SENATE WILL VOTE FOR

IT, ALMOST EVERY DEMOCRAT,

PROBABLY EVERY DEMOCRAT, AND

A LARGE NUMBER OF

REPUBLICANS.

AND WE'RE VERY PLEASED THAT

A LARGE NUMBER OF

REPUBLICANS VOTED FOR THE

BILL.

>> BY THE TIME THIS AIRS

WHAT IS YOUR ESTIMATE OF HOW

MANY ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WILL

HAVE BEEN GRANTED AMNESTY

AND VOTED FOR A DEMOCRAT?

>> WELL, NONE YET.

BUT YOU KNOW, THE BILL DOES

PROVIDE A PATH TO

CITIZENSHIP BECAUSE IT'S --

>> IT'S AMNESTY.

>> WELL, THEY HAVE TO WORK

HARD AND THEY HAVE TO LEARN

ENGLISH.

>> IT'S SHAMNESTY, IT'S A

SLICE OF HAMNESTY, IT'S

RASPBERRY JAMMESTY, IT'S

WHAM, BAM, THANK YOU

AMNESTY.

I'VE GOT A RHYMING

DICTIONARY AND I AM NOT

AFRAID TO USE IT.

>> IT'S GO TOKAI GOOD BILL

FOR AMERICA, STEPHEN.

>> Stephen: ARE YOU ARE

SURPRISE THAUD ONLY GOT 68

VOTES IN.

>> NO I THINK WE'RE REALLY

PLEASED WITH THE NUMBER OF

VOTES WE'VE GOTTEN RZ.

>> Stephen: ISN'T THIS A

PLOY FOR THE DEMOCRATS TO

GET VOTE, ISN'T THAT THE

ONLY REASON YOU'RE DOING

THIS?

>> WELL, NO, THE BOTTOM LINE

IS THAT I BELIEVE THIS IS

ONE OF THE BEST THING

QUESTIONS DO FOR AMERICA.

>> Stephen: SO WHY DON'T YOU

JUST PROVE THIS ISN'T ABOUT

VOTES BY SAYING RIGHT NOW

YOU DON'T CARE ABOUT THE

LATINO VOTE.

>> WELL, I WANT

EVERYBODY-- .

>> Stephen: GO AWAY, LATINOS,

SAY IT, DON'T VOTE FOR ME,

ME CHUCK SCHUMER.

>> I WANT TO GET EVERY VOTE

OF CAN OF EVERYBODY, THAT'S

FOR SURE.

BUT I'M DOING THIS BECAUSE I

BELIEVE IN AMERICA, I REALLY

DO.

AND IMMIGRATION HAS ALWAYS

BEEN PART OF THE AMERICAN

FABRIC.

>> Stephen: SIR NO ONE LOVES

LATINOS MORE THAN I DO.

THEY ARE A NATURALLY

CONSERVATIVE GROUP THAT

VALUES FAITH AND FAMILY.

I JUST DON'T WANT ANY MORE

OF THEM COMING IN.

I WANT THE TIME TO REALLY

APPRECIATE THE ONES WE

ALREADY HAVE.

>> WELL, LISTEN, EVERY

IMMIGRANT GROUP THAT COMES,

WHEN THEY LEAVE THEIR OWN

COUNTRY AND THEY, YOU KNOW,

THEY RISK THEIR LIVES OFTEN

TIMES TO COME, THAT'S BEEN

TRUE THROUGH THE CENTURIES,

COME TO A NEW CULTURE,

THEY'RE REALLY HARD-WORKING

DEDICATED PEOPLE WHO ARE

JUST SEEKING A BETTER LIFE

IN AMERICA HAS ALWAYS

AFFORDED THEM THAT BETTER

LIFE.

>> Stephen: HOW DID YOU GET

SO MANY GOP SENATORS AND

GUYS LIKE BILL O REILLY TO

CAVE ON THIS ONE?

>> I THINK THEY'RE DOING

WHAT THEY THINK IS GOOD FOR

THE COUNTRY DESPITE SOME

REAL POLITICAL ADVERSITY.

>> WHAT DID YOU GIVE THEM.

WHAT DID YOU PUT IN THE BILL

TO SWEETEN IT FOR

REPUBLICANS.

>> THERE ARE LOTS OF

SPECIFICATION PROVISION

NOTICE BILL THAT HELP PEOPLE

IN DIFFERENT STATES BUT

NASS'S GOOD TOO.

BECAUSE IN MANY INDUSTRIES

WE DEPEND ON IMMIGRANTS TO

MAKE THE INDUSTRIES GROWMENT

YOU TAKE AGRICULTURE.

VERY FEW AMERICANS WILL PICK

THE CROPS.

AND IF YOU DON'T HAVE A GOOD

SUPPLY OF IMMIGRANTS, THEN

YOU WON'T-- THEN YOU WON'T

HAVE A BIG GOOD FARMING

INDUSTRY AND FOOD GROWN HERE

IN AMERICA.

>> Stephen: IS IT THE EASIER

ANSWER JUST TO STOP EATING

VEGETABLES?

MANY AMERICANS HAVE ALREADY

TAKEN THAT PATH.

>> I LIKE BROCCOLI.

>> Stephen: WHEN JOHN McCAIN

WAS RUNNING FOR THE SENATE

THE LAST TIME, EVERYBODY

MADE FUN OF HIM FOR HAVING

AN AD WHERE YOU SAID BUILD

THE DANG FENCEMENT BUT

NOW-- NOW YOU'RE BUILDING IT,

IS THIS THE DANG FENCE?

AND HOW DANG IS IT?

>> WELL, IT'S A PRETTY TOUGH

FENCE.

AND IT'S NOT JUST A FENCE.

WE USE ALL KINDS OF DEVICES,

LISTENING DEVIALSES THAT CAN

FIND WHEN PEOPLE CROSS THE

BORDER ILLEGALLY IN THE

FUTURE.

AND THEY CAN BE APPREHENDED

AND TURNED BACK.

IT'S MUCH TOUGHER AND MUCH

STRONGER USING A LOT OF THE

NEW TECHNOLOGY THAN THE

PREVIOUS ATTEMPTS.

>> Stephen: WILL THERE BE

MORE LISTENING DEVICES ON

THE MEXICAN BORDER OR IN

AMERICANS TELEPHONES THAT

THE NSA IS LISTENING IN ON.

>> IF WE HAVE OUR WAY, MORE

ON THE BORDER.

>> Stephen: TELL ME ABOUT

THE GANG OF EIGHT.

YOU'RE THE LEADER OF THE

GANG OF EIGHT, AREN'T NEW.

>> I GUESS JOHN McCAIN AND I

HAVE BEEN CALLED THE TWO

LEADERS OF IT, YES.

>> Stephen: ARE THERE OTHER

GANGS ON THE SENATE FLOOR

LIKE CRYPTS OR BLOODS?

IF YOU THROW THE WRONG GANG

SIGN COULD JOHN CORNI CUT A

BITCH.

>> NO, THESE GANGS ARE

CONSTRUCTIVE GANGS.

WE'RE TRYING TO GET

DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS TO

COME TOGETHER AND DO SOME

GOOD THINGS AND IF THE MORE

GANGS WE WOULD BE A BETTER

PLACE.

>> Stephen: WILL SENATOR

MARCO RUBIO ULTIMATELY VOTE

FOR THE BILL THAT MARCO

RUBIO WROTE?

OR WILL MARCO RUBIO HAVE TO

MAKE SOME CONCESSIONS TO THE

EXTREME MARCO RUBIO WING OF

MARCO RUBIO IN ORDER TO GET

RUBIO'S VOTE?

>> HE HAS DONE A GOOD JOB,

HE REALLY HAS.

AND HE HAS TAKEN A LOT OF

ARROWS BUT HE BELIEVES IN

THIS AND HE'S DOING THE

RIGHT THING.

I THINK THE WORLD OF HIM.

>> DO YOU HAVE ANY SORT OF

GANG TATTOOS?

DOW GET LIKE A TEAR TAT ON

YOUR FACE FOR EVERY BILL YOU

PASS?

>> WE'RE TO THE GOING SHOW

YOU OUR TATTOOS.

>> Stephen: WAS'S GOING TO

HAPPEN TO THIS BILL WHEN IT

GETS TO THE HOUSE.

>> I THINK THERE WILL BE A

LOT OF PRESSURE ON THE HOUSE

TO ACTUALLY GET THE BILL

DONE.

I KNOW THERE ARE A LOT OF

CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN WAS

DON'T WANT TO VOTE FOR IT,

FINE.

PUT IT ON THE FLOOR OF THE

HOUSE AND LET THE DEMOCRATS

PASS IT WITH SOME

REPUBLICANS.

AND AMERICA WILL BE A BETTER

PLACE, SO I'M HOPEFUL THAT'S

WHAT SPEAKER BOEHNER WILL

EVENTUALLY DO.

>> Stephen: HERE'S WHAT MY

FELLOW CONSERVATIVES DON'T

TRUST ABOUT YOU DEMOCRATS.

WE'VE BEEN THROUGH THIS

BEFORE.

YOU TALK BIG ON SECURITY.

AND THEN LIKE LUCY YOU YANK

AWAY THE BALL RIGHT AS

CHARLIE BROWN TRIES TO KICK

TELEPHONE.

AND WORST OF ALL IT'S NOT A

FOOTBALL, IT'S A FUTOBALL.

>> WELL, THAT'S THE KIND OF

TRIGGER WE DO HAVE IN THE

BILL.

IN OTHER WORDS, THE SECURITY

MECHANISMS AS WELL AS THE

MECHANISMS THAT PREVENT

ILLEGALS FROM FUTILE LEGALS

FROM GETTING JOBS, ALL OF

THOSE THINGS HAVE TO BE IN

PLACE BEFORE PEOPLE CAN

BECOME LEGALIZED AND WORK,

THOSE 11 MILLION.

BUT THEY CAN'T GET THEIR

GREEN CARD UNTIL THOSE

THINGS ARE ACTUALLY IN

PLACE.

>> Stephen: LAST QUESTION,

SENATOR, THE SENATE SEEMS TO

BE MARGINALLY MORE

FUNCTIONAL THAN THE HOUSE OF

REPRESENTATIVES THESE DAYS.

WHEN YOU WORK SO HARD AND

FOR SO LONG ON LEGISLATION

IN THE SENATE, AND THEN SEND

IT OVER TO THE HOUSE OF

REPRESENTATIVES, DOES THAT

EVER FEEL LIKE YOU'RE

NUDGING YOUR FULLY GROWN

CHILD INTO A FIELD FULL OF

BEAR TRAPS?

>> WELL, WE'RE HOPEFUL THE

HOUSE WILL RISE TO THE

OCCASION.

THIS IS THE RIGHT THING TO

DO AS WE'VE SHOWN.

IT'S NOT A DEMOCRATIC BILL,

IT'S A BIPARTISAN BILL.

IT'S THE RIGHT THING FOR

AMERICA, HAS SUPPORT FROM

ACROSS THE POLITICAL

SPECTRUM.

A LOT OF CONSERVATIVE PEOPLE

AS YOU MENTIONED BILL

O'REILLY AND OTHERS SUPPORT

IT.

SO WE'RE HOPEFUL THE HOUSE

WILL RISE TO THE OCCASION.

IF I HAD TO BET MONEY, THEY

WILL.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU FOR

JOINING ME, SENATOR.

SENATOR, CARLOS SCHUMER,

EVERYBODY.

>> NICE TO BE WITH YOU,

STEPHEN.

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