CHICAGO - Illinois' senior U.S. Senator Dick Durbin told Fox News' Chris Wallace that immigration reform (read amnesty) will help to correct the nation's debt challenges.
Durbin told Wallace: "Since President Obama has been in office we've reached the point we're cutting the annual deficits in half, and we're going to reduce the overall debt of the United States by $3 trillion over the next 10 years. Simpson-Bowles had a goal of $4 trillion.
We can get that additional $1 trillion by passing comprehensive immigration reform, which is stalled in the House of Representatives.
What the president is saying in his budget, we need to get America back to work. We need to make sure that the people who get up every day, go to work and work hard, can make it. They are living paycheck to paycheck. We've got to be more sensitive to the fact that more Americans working, paying taxes is going to expand our economy and reduce our deficit."