Why did it cut off right where you would expect a qualifier or a “but” ???
From reading the comments he apparently he went on to say...
"But they should not be given a special pathway, a special guarantee that all of them get to stay here for the rest of their lives merely by virtue of having come here illegally, and that, I think, is the great flaw in the final bill that came forward from the Senate."
The second sentence does not change the intended meaning of the first.
My own view is, that those people that are in this country, that have come here illegally, the 12 million or so, should be able to sign up for permanent residency or citizenship.