Dick Durbin says Mexico must give us permission.
Immigration: What a suck up little runt.
|"FOX NEWS SUNDAY" HOST CHRIS WALLACE: Joining us now from his home state of Illinois, the Democrats' assistant leader in the Senate, Dick Durbin. Senator, welcome back to "FOX News Sunday". SEN. DICK DURBIN, D-ILL.: Thanks, Chris. WALLACE: One of the features of the Senate immigration bill that has drawn the most fire, as we just discussed with Senator Frist, is this measure that requires that before any building of fences goes on along the U.S. border that the U.S. officials must consult with Mexican authorities. You, in fact, voted for that, Senator. Is it the view of the Democratic Party that the United States does not have the sovereign right to enforce its own borders? DURBIN: Well, of course we do. There's no question about it. And we have to start with good border enforcement. The Dodd amendment that you're referring to was part of a manager's package, but I supported it. I mean, to think that we would build a fence without any conversation or consultation with Mexico — that doesn't makes sense. WALLACE: Why do we need a consultation? It's our border. Why do we need to confer or consult at all? DURBIN: Good fences make good neighbors, too. And remember that when it's all over, there'll be cities across the border from one another in the United States and Mexico, and you'll find in most instances they try to find a level of cooperation. We ultimately want to have the cooperation of the Mexican government. That's going to make this a lot easier, to stop the corruption on either side of the border, to stop these coyotes that are taking thousands of dollars to push people across that border at the risk of losing their lives. We should have consultation. There's nothing wrong with that.|