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April 2, 2013 - 6:54 am

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) urged caution to the Group of Eight immigration reform negotiators, saying his “heart bleeds every time I hear people talking about an easier way for illegals to become citizens.”

“I know there’s a Gang of 8, some four Democrats and four Republicans. My concern there is what they’re doing on this what they call the path to legal immigration, the path to citizenship,” Inhofe said on CNN yesterday, noting the volume of naturalization ceremonies he’s attended. “And I look at these people who came over the legal way, the hard way.”

Inhofe said just the fact that his four Republican colleagues on the Group of Eight — Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) — may support a final proposal doesn’t mean he necessarily will.

“First of all, there are so many unknown things right now. There’s no — when they talk about a path to citizenship, they don’t have any of the details. We now know that Pat Leahy wants it to go through his committee. It’s going to have all of these amendments,” the senator said.

“And so I would almost say to my good friends, the Republicans and Democrats, they don’t know enough right now in terms of what they’ve put together. There are too many things, too many changes that could take place. There is no specific path to legal entry. And there’s no specific path to citizenship. And there’s not any answers in terms of the border. So it’s a work in progress.”

Inhofe said he has no intention of filibustering, though.

“I just know that I am concerned about the citizenship. I am concerned about what is happening with those who have done it the legal way,” he said. “And I want to hear the answers to where are there going to be fences, where are there going to be detentions, what type of equipment? I’m the ranking member on Armed Services, I need to know what of our equipment is going to be necessary on any ultimate solution to the immigration problem.”

“I don’t think we’re there yet. I don’t think that they have the specific answers. And for those who say that they do, they haven’t gone through Pat Leahy’s committee yet.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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I can't agree with Sen. Inhofe more. I feel like the "Gang of Eight" is giving a big fat raspberry to all those immigrants who sacrificed so much to come to this country legally. It is incredibly unjust.

Are we really going to deport eleven million people? Hardly. But we shouldn't even have a conversation about immigration until the borders have been sealed. Recent reports have it that illegal crosssing have doubled since the Gang of Eight began their work. Who could have seen that coming? Further, I read yesterday (perhaps here???) that illegals will not be required to pay back taxes owed. If that is the case then all back taxes should be forgiven. Why should a citizen have it any rougher than a non-citizen? Of course, the government would never agree to that but don't we have something that says we don't discriminate based on national origin? Surely that means that the government cannot discriminate against its own citizens?

Eleven million people broke the law. We are either a nation of laws or we aren't. Which is it?
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The message from the political elite is overwhelmingly that of "Obey the rules and you'll get screwed; cheat and steal and commit fraud and we'll give you everything you want"

I suspect that's because they relate more to the second group.
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No doubt that you are right but I am really disappointed that Rubio would involve himself in something like this. As a Floridian I supported Marco before anyone thought he had a chance to defeat Charlie Crist. I understand that we have to do something about illegal immigration but this isn't it.
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