Rubio: Immigration bill is in almost “perfect shape”

"I think the debate now is about what that border security provision looks like,” he said

Topics: Marco Rubio, Immigration Reform, Senate, Undocumented immigrants, Florida, Republicans,

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a key member of the “Gang of Eight” senators drafting an immigration reform bill, said Sunday that the legislation is in almost “perfect shape,” though he added that the border security provisions still need to be worked out.

“I think it’s an excellent starting point, and I think 95, 96 percent of the bill is in perfect shape and ready to go.  But there are elements that need to be improved.  This is how the legislative process is supposed to work,” he said, speaking on ABC’s “This Week.”

Rubio continued that “the bottom line is a bill that does not have increased border security, which everyone now I think has conceded needs to happen — I think the debate now is about what that border security provision looks like.”

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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