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"The 1986 amnesty bill was called Simpson-Mazzoli. The 1986 law required Congress to secure the border, and it didn't. In 1986, virtually everything being promised and assured now was promised and assured then, and it didn't happen."

"How odd is it that a restaurant in Rome is serving pina coladas? Now, any bar probably makes pina coladas, but the one thing you don't associate with Rome is pina coladas, and then a jersey guy? Can you see Chris Christie ordering a pina colada? I can't even see Snooki ordering a pina colada."

"Chelsea Clinton was talking about her grandmother or her great-grandmother, one of the two. It had to be her great-grandmother. Chelsea Clinton was lamenting how unfortunate it was that there was no Planned Parenthood around when her great-grandmother was around. Well, now, what in the world was Chelsea saying? "Gee, if there had been a Planned Parenthood, my grandmother might not have been born"? Can you imagine? I know what Chelsea's trying to do."

"If we wish that Chelsea's great-grandmother had access to Planned Parenthood, there might not be a Chelsea because there might not be a Hillary. And I will leave it at that."

"Why should we support the legalization and the importation of 46 million foreigners when Congress will not even first secure the border?"

"They still don't have their 60 votes in the Senate for the Gang of Eight immigration bill. I don't care what you're hearing in the media. I don't care how close you're hearing it is. They don't have 60 votes. If they had their 60 votes, Dingy Harry would be lassoing these guys in for the vote. They don't have their 70 votes, and they don't have their 60."

"Okay, so we're gonna hire an additional 20,000 border agents, and I assume we're gonna deploy 'em. Big whoop! What are their instructions? So, "immigrants can't get a green card until all 20,000 border agents are in place. They cannot get a green card until all 3.2 billion of the technology," he's talking about dollars here, "that the border control has asked for is in place." There's nothing about any of it being used. That's an assumption."

"It doesn't matter what you do with the new Border Patrol agents or what you do with the new technology or the exit visa program. Immigrants can't get a green card 'til all 20,000 Border Patrol agents are in place. They're gonna get legal before they get a green card. They're gonna get provisional legal status but they're never gonna lose it. Once that happens, they're here."

"There was a law in 2006, and we talked about this a bunch of points in time previously this week. A 2006 law requires Congress to build 700 miles of fences. They built 36 miles and they stopped. There have been amendments offered to finish the job. It's already the law! It isn't being enforced."

"We've all had someone in our lives, all of us conservatives, who helped us to learn why we think what we know so that we can then explain it to people. Conservatism, I say, is an applied intellectual pursuit."

"We have a legal immigration system. We already have a pathway. We already have a way for people to become citizens. The people who have followed that path -- i.e., the law -- are a little peeved over what's happening here. The idea that we have to do this because we somehow need to apologize or make amends, that's another thing. We're not guilty of anything here."

"You know, fixing poverty is not gonna be done with feelings. Fixing poverty is gonna require specific policies -- and we've shown, after 30 years of feeling bad about it and transferring money, that we haven't fixed it."

"I've had a bunch of clunkers. I've had clunkers where the air-conditioning didn't work, and it could not be fixed for a price that I could afford. All I could do is put Freon in it every so often and drive with air-conditioning on for 30 minutes 'til it expired."

"The United States has probably the most generous legal immigration laws in the world. Every year we, in the United States, admit more legal immigrants than all other countries in the world combined, by a wide margin."

"I don't care if it's global warming, I don't care if it's added welfare benefits or an enhanced "safety net," it's all guilt. 'You have done things that you need to atone for. You, individual Americans! It's your attitude. It's the way you think. You need to apologize. You've been guilty of transgressions. You're destroying the climate by driving the wrong kind of car, and air-conditioning your home too much or whatever else you're doing. You must make amends. You must feel guilty! You must reform what you're doing,' when in fact it's governments that are messing everything up."

"The people who are against a truly secure border before legalization are the ones who don't want reform. We have a broken system, and it's only broken because the border isn't secure."

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