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Could Rubio Ditch His Own Immigration Reform Bill?

Both sides still tussling over the details as mammoth legislation prepares to debut on the Senate floor next week.

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Bill Straub

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June 7, 2013 - 12:00 am
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Under the bill, illegal immigrants who have resided in the U.S. since Dec. 13, 2011, must seek provisional legal status that allows them to work but renders them ineligible for federal benefits. They must pay a penalty, taxes, and a processing fee and can only apply for permanent status after 10 years.

A new visa program for low-skilled workers would be developed and the Department of Homeland Security would be charged with coming up with a $4.5 billion plan to gain effective control of the porous Southern border with Mexico.

Rubio isn’t alone in expressing doubts about the legislation. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who voted for the bill in the Senate Judiciary Committee, also said changes will need to be made before he can vote for it on the floor. Hatch, a key target for the bill’s proponents, has pledged to push several amendments intended to protect taxpayers from picking up the tab on illegal immigrants taking advantage of the nation’s social services.

“This bill needs more improvement before I’m ready to vote for it when the full Senate takes it up,” Hatch said. “I introduced a number of common-sense amendments that ensure American taxpayers aren’t on the hook for those wanting to become American citizens. It’s my hope we can add these amendments to what passes the Judiciary Committee today, and come up with a bill that myself, many of my colleagues, and the American people can support.”

Hatch intends to offer an amendment requiring undocumented immigrants to produce employment papers establishing that they have been paying the proper amount in federal taxes. Those who have shortchanged the government will be given an opportunity to pay back taxes. Those who fail will be denied an opportunity to take advantage of the path to citizenship.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who has expressed some support for immigration reform, intends to offer a laundry list of amendments even though several of them might serve as a poison pill for Democratic supporters of the measure.

Under what he is characterizing as his “trust but verify” amendment, Paul proposes that reform be conditioned first on Congress determining that the border is secure and that a border fence be completed within five years. The amendment also would provide new national security safeguards to track the holders of student visas and those provided asylum and refugee status.

Paul further intends to offer amendments that ensure that those in the country on work visas are prohibited from voting or gaining access to various social welfare programs, including Obamacare.

Some lawmakers, mostly conservatives, will oppose the legislation regardless of any changes rendered. Four of them – Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ted Cruz, (R-Texas), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) — distributed a “Dear Colleague” letter on June 4 to rally opposition.

“Americans expect their government to end the lawlessness, not surrender to it,” the letter read. “They deserve immigration reform with actual border security, enforcement of the laws on the books and a legal immigration system that works. We must welcome and celebrate legal immigrants, but S. 744 fails to deliver anything more than the same empty promises Washington has been making for 30 years.”

The last thing this country needs, the congressional quartet said, “is another 1,000-plus page bill that, like Obamacare, was negotiated behind closed doors with special interests. We want immigration reform to pass, but only if it actually fixes the broken system, rather than allowing the problems to grow and fester.”

The senators maintained the bill, among other things, provides for a form of immediate legalization for undocumented workers without first securing the border. It also “contains extremely dangerous national security loopholes,” creates no real penalties for illegal aliens and delays implementation of E-Verify.

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Washington freelancer Bill Straub is former White House correspondent for Scripps Howard News Service.

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This bill will be a hammer blow to Americans, both natives and naturalized citizens. If it imports an additional 40 million immigrants over the next 10 years we would need to create an extra 300,000 jobs per month. Big business will be the only beneficiary because the massive increase in the supply of labor will reduce wages.
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Rubio is begging to remind me of the movie "Blazing Saddles"
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6-10-13... pelosi/rubio - same rhetoric
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Right. People need to know this story, and his promises to La Raza. During the presidential election, he dutifully trotted at their beck and call while the conservative voters who had supported him were lied to and ignored. Rubio was kissing their rings while putting on a very different face to the non-Spanish speaking audiences. He still refuses to comment on the claims made by NALEO officials that they had a high ranking Florida Republican in the bag on immigration. Go figure.

Imagine if a Republican candidate answered to Al Sharpton while ignoring the Tea Party. Welcome to the world of Florida Republicans, and that of well-heeled "libertarian" conservative nationals like AFP: contempt for social conservatives and Christian activists and support for certain flavors of identity politics by these folks is what lost us the state and possibly the White House.

And they're still at it. Until we call these people out by name for what they have done and are doing to ordinary voters, we won't have healthy opposition to the pro-amnesty RINOs and libertarians and their waterboy Rubio.

They're already quietly prepping for Jeb in '16. The immigration bill is seen as a way to cement a Bush 3 presidency.

Time is way past to wake up on Florida and Rubio, folks.
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Rubio showed he would pander the RINOS. He has no backbone. He's already turned the tables 180 degrees on what he stood for in the beginning so he deceived the American public. Get down the road Rino or stand against the other 7 that are paid puppets to bend over and take it any way the democrats want to shove it to them. Get out while you can still breathe. We don't like traitors and liars. You poisoned yourself. Close our borders before you ever speak again. We've heard all the BS of a lifetime in the last 5 years.
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Border security is ALREADY THE LAW...the PROBLEM is the refusal to enforce the law by the Obama crime family.
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If Rubio backs out of this Schumer/Durbin trap, I'm willing to call 'strike one' and let him stay in the batter's box. Anyone can make a significant mistake = nobody ever didn't make one.
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What mistake? This is an effort to soften the consequences for Rubio himself. Otherwise, why is he still colluding in the fake and deceptive advertising campaign bragging about the bill's "firm" take on border security -- currently plastering the airwaves, funded by shifty secretive donors? Open WaPo and he's calling the bill weak-- listen to the radio and some anonymous narrator is praising him and Ryan for making the bill strong on border control.

He is compounding his lies and compounding the contempt he has revealed for his constitutients. And he deceived voters on this issue in the Florida House too.

He is a petty little crook who would have never risen above his shifty money behavior but for RINO beltway dreams of a Multiculti Repub Obama.
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Don't be absurd. Rubio didn't make a 'mistake'. What he did (pushing Super Amnesty Plus) was on purpose.
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So he has to go, Cat? That is your position? Who should replace him in your opinion Crist or Jeb?
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Perhaps, Cat, you didn't read the second paragraph of Straub's piece:

"The chief defector could be Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a member of the Gang of Eight who pieced together the legislation. Rubio, a potential candidate for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, recently indicated he’s not satisfied with the bill’s border security provisions and won’t vote for it unless significant changes are made during the amendment process."
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This bill will be a hammer blow to Americans, both natives and naturalized citizens. If it imports an additional 40 million immigrants over the next 10 years we would need to create an extra 300,000 jobs per month. Big business will be the only beneficiary because the massive increase in the supply of labor will reduce wages.
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So what if he does? We've seen his true colors. Too damned little, too damned late.
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Actually, his true colors were shown years ago in the Florida Legislature when he, single handedly, blocked immigration enforcement bills at the state level. He attempted to hide this from conservatives by running for federal office on a no amnesty platform. Now, we are, once again, seeing the real Rubio. He should be sent packing in his next election, forget any White House aspirations that he might have.
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Rubio is begging to remind me of the movie "Blazing Saddles"
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Democrats have long mastered the Nobody Move Or The N*gger Gets It bluff. And the townspeople fell for it damn reliably (Republicans played the part of the woman who cried, "Won't somebody help that poor man?!" until Obama put the Sequester to his head, said the magic formula, and - mirabile dictu - his bluff got called.

Let us pray that was the start of a new trend.
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