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April 14, 2013 - 1:19 pm
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On ABC’s This Week, Rubio said input of the other 92 senators should make the Group of Eight’s bill even better.

“I’ve tried to incorporate as many of their ideas as possible given the bills they’ve filed in the past. If some of them have submitted letters that have outlined concerns, and we have answers for all of those concerns. I look forward to how they can improve this bill and this product. As far as the Republican Party is concerned, I just want the Republican Party to be what it’s always been. I want the conservative movement to be what it’s always been about. And that is solving problems in a way that true to our values and the principles of the greatest nation on Earth,” the senator said.

“Even if we didn’t have a single illegal immigrant in the United States, we’d have to do immigration reform because our legal immigration system is broken… I just hope that I can convince people that leaving things the way they are now is much worse than approaching it the way we’ve outlined.”

On CBS’ Face the Nation, Rubio said he’s optimistic about the bill’s chances because it “answers all the questions that people raise.”

“This bill does three things that are fundamentally important for our country. It modernizes our legal immigration system, something we need to do no matter what,” he said. “It puts in place the toughest enforcement measures in the history of the United States, potentially in the world.”

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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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In 2006, McCain tried to push his amnesty bill through, and he was resoundly tromped by the American public who shut down the Congressional switchboard and let their representatives know that they were not buying McCain's snake oil. This time, McCain knew he needed a face, a Hispanic face, to put on his latest attempt at amnesty. So he recruited the baby faced Marco Rubio. Who better to make the face of McCain's latest attempt to legalize 11-20 million law breakers?

I read that today alone, Rubio appeared on no less than seven national TV shows. Think about that for a minute. He has been sent out, as the face of Hispanic America, to sell a bill that was pretty well written between the unions, who are losing rank and file members by the droves, and the Chamber of Commerce. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand that those two groups stand to gain the most from amnesty.

During Chris Wallace's interview in Fox, Rubio was asked about the Heritage Foundation's estimate of the high cost to the American taxpayer for amnesty. After we have been told there is a bill, and it is almost 1,500 pages thick, Rubio says:

"We don't have a bill, so I don't know know how they've issued an analysis on it yet."

Whoa, hoss, you don't have a bill after we have been told there is a 1,500 page bill that is supposed to be presented next Wednesday? Do you think we are stupid and don't understand that a 1,500 page bill, that has to be printed, correlated and bound, takes more than a day to do?

Today Rubio said that no illegal, allowed to stay, will be eligible for any kind of social welfare. How does he intend to prevent that when states like California refuse to question someone on their immigrant status? Does he think that California's welfare is not federally funded? And how about those fines? Wait until the left, including La Raza, get a hold of that and sue the government because "poor" immigrants can't afford the fines, or back taxes? And how do you prove how much they owe in back taxes when they have been getting paid under the table?

Either Rubio has been flipped by McCain/Graham or he is a fool. He, like all arrogant D.C. elite thinks every illegal is just dreaming of the day they can become citizens. Not so, says the Pew Hispanic Center that says only 36% of all Mexicans, already eligible for citizenship, have taken advantage of that. Why? Language. They don't want to learn English.

Another reason this won't work: let's say you are an illegal working for a company that is willing to pay you under the table. You take your pay, and sent roughly 70% of it back to your family in the land you migrated from. Now you're going to have to pay not just income tax, but payroll taxes and wholla! You just took a 15% cut in pay. Under the table job with no taxes withheld or coming out and paying taxes? These illegals may not be educated, but they can darn sure add and subtract.

Ask yourself; if this is such a great bill, why pick Rubio? Why not Cruz, a brilliant Constitutional lawyer who knows the Constitution forwards and backwards? I'll tell you why. Because Cruz cannot be rolled by the likes of McCain/Graham. Just like he was not rolled by Dianne Feinstein, which upset McCain to no end.

I don't think McCain has plans on running again for another term. He wants this to be his "signature" legislation, his last hurrah. Time for all Americans, and legal immigrants who respected this nation enough to come in the front door, to shut down the Congressional switchboard again, and let everyone of the D.C. elite that if they vote for this abomination they will be booted out of office the next time they run.
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Let us forget, for a moment, about the pathetic efforts to pretend that amnesty by a euphemistic name is not what it self-evidently is.

Senator, why are you falling for this distraction? Securing the border is a necessary priority; addressing the deficit and the debt; attempting to force the President to do his job, and to do so in the interests of the country which foolishly re-elected him; fending off his challenges to Constitutionally-guaranteed liberties; restraining the growth of the regulatory state, and turning back some of the regulations, if possible; all these and more are high and indeed necessary priorities.

Giving concessions to illegals is not.
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Whats in this deal for Rubio? What does he get out of it?

Is the GOP priming him for 2016? Are they that stupid? (ok, thats a trick question)

1 year ago
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Looks like the fix is in for 2016, they probably promised to support him as the GOP candidate in exchange for his support of "Amnesty"

In all due respect to Senator Rubio, we are forgiving them for breaking the law if we change the law that they broke, to accommodate them who are in violation of the law. ???

We have a law against stealing, but since we have over 11 million people who have stolen, we won't enforce the law, but change the law to make them pay back the money, and promise to not steal anymore. That would be called "Amnesty"

We already have a President who doesn't enforce laws he doesn't like or approve of. We don't need ANOTHER!
1 year ago
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So lets say for argument sake that this passes and under the law illegals won't have access to benefits.

How long before the first lawsuit is filed?

1 year ago
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Broken immigration system? According to whom? The current system was put in place by Edward Kennedy with the objective of importing natural welfare recipients who will overwhelmingly vote Democratic/Socialist. I has been tremendously successful. If we are to believe Rubio, his bill will make things tougher on illegal immigrants. Ignoring the rhetoric, anyone with half a brain knows that the only plan that will clear the Senate and get Obama's signature will have to do the opposite. Border security? Obama has proved that this is a presidential perogative. Things will change only when there is a constitutional amendment declaring intentional failure to impliment and enforce federal law an of treason. more at: acthttp://www.scribd.com/ChevelonTom
1 year ago
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Senator Rubio can explain that the sky isn't really blue until he's blue in the face and the sky will still be blue, and this bill will still be amnesty, and Senator Rubio will still be a liar (AKA a politician).
1 year ago
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Rubio has the tiger by the tail, and he's lying to our faces to avoid being eaten. Expect bigger lies yet.
1 year ago
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We need an immigration moratorium, NOT amnesty... it's the only way to be sure.
1 year ago
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In 2006, McCain tried to push his amnesty bill through, and he was resoundly tromped by the American public who shut down the Congressional switchboard and let their representatives know that they were not buying McCain's snake oil. This time, McCain knew he needed a face, a Hispanic face, to put on his latest attempt at amnesty. So he recruited the baby faced Marco Rubio. Who better to make the face of McCain's latest attempt to legalize 11-20 million law breakers?

I read that today alone, Rubio appeared on no less than seven national TV shows. Think about that for a minute. He has been sent out, as the face of Hispanic America, to sell a bill that was pretty well written between the unions, who are losing rank and file members by the droves, and the Chamber of Commerce. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand that those two groups stand to gain the most from amnesty.

During Chris Wallace's interview in Fox, Rubio was asked about the Heritage Foundation's estimate of the high cost to the American taxpayer for amnesty. After we have been told there is a bill, and it is almost 1,500 pages thick, Rubio says:

"We don't have a bill, so I don't know know how they've issued an analysis on it yet."

Whoa, hoss, you don't have a bill after we have been told there is a 1,500 page bill that is supposed to be presented next Wednesday? Do you think we are stupid and don't understand that a 1,500 page bill, that has to be printed, correlated and bound, takes more than a day to do?

Today Rubio said that no illegal, allowed to stay, will be eligible for any kind of social welfare. How does he intend to prevent that when states like California refuse to question someone on their immigrant status? Does he think that California's welfare is not federally funded? And how about those fines? Wait until the left, including La Raza, get a hold of that and sue the government because "poor" immigrants can't afford the fines, or back taxes? And how do you prove how much they owe in back taxes when they have been getting paid under the table?

Either Rubio has been flipped by McCain/Graham or he is a fool. He, like all arrogant D.C. elite thinks every illegal is just dreaming of the day they can become citizens. Not so, says the Pew Hispanic Center that says only 36% of all Mexicans, already eligible for citizenship, have taken advantage of that. Why? Language. They don't want to learn English.

Another reason this won't work: let's say you are an illegal working for a company that is willing to pay you under the table. You take your pay, and sent roughly 70% of it back to your family in the land you migrated from. Now you're going to have to pay not just income tax, but payroll taxes and wholla! You just took a 15% cut in pay. Under the table job with no taxes withheld or coming out and paying taxes? These illegals may not be educated, but they can darn sure add and subtract.

Ask yourself; if this is such a great bill, why pick Rubio? Why not Cruz, a brilliant Constitutional lawyer who knows the Constitution forwards and backwards? I'll tell you why. Because Cruz cannot be rolled by the likes of McCain/Graham. Just like he was not rolled by Dianne Feinstein, which upset McCain to no end.

I don't think McCain has plans on running again for another term. He wants this to be his "signature" legislation, his last hurrah. Time for all Americans, and legal immigrants who respected this nation enough to come in the front door, to shut down the Congressional switchboard again, and let everyone of the D.C. elite that if they vote for this abomination they will be booted out of office the next time they run.
1 year ago
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They already receive welfare and partake of the education system and abuse the medical system.

Marco Rubio, we can tell shite from shinola.
1 year ago
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Ronald Reagan said his greatest mistake was trusting the democrats to keep up their end of the bargain. He was talking about the federal budget; he got his tax cuts and a promise from the house democrats to cut spending. They didn't do it.

Now the republicans are repeating that same mistake, trusting the democrats. We already know that Obama has said publicly that he won't enforce deportation of some illegal residents. So there you go again. Trusting the democrats is like trusting an abusive spouse who says they won't beat you up again and they're really sorry.

Some people can't learn, can't face reality.
1 year ago
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No, Reagan got gypped by the Dems on this same issue. He gave in to amnesty and the Dems refused to keep their end of the bargain -- border security. You don't have to use analogy -- they've run this exact same con before. You can hardly blame Rubio. The problem has always been that immigration was controlled to preserve the ethnic profile of America in the 19th Century. There are people who can 'fit in' and there are people who will never look like Americans. Hey, I could never be accepted as Japanese, unto the 3rd or 4th generation. This is the last straw for Americans.
1 year ago
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I like Rubio in many ways but he hasn't thought this through and needs to be hit hard to come to his senses.

Harry the Horrible is absolutely correct. America's boat has a gaping hole in it flooding the country with people and will soon sink. To save it, STOP THE FLOODING FIRST. NO DISCUSSION AS TO WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE ILLEGALS ALREADY HERE SHOULD OCCUR UNTIL THE FLOODING IS STOPPED.

1 year ago
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During a March 28, 2010 Fox News debate against then-Gov. Charlie Crist, Rubio said: “He would have voted for the McCain plan. I think that plan is wrong, and the reason I think it’s wrong is that if you grant amnesty, as the governor proposes that we do, in any form, whether it’s back of the line or so forth, you will destroy any chance we will ever have of having a legal immigration system that works here in America.”

Rubio is a bold faced liar and pandering fool. (His Libya stance was the icing) Good luck Rube.. You gave the middle finger to the Tea Party who backed you. Miami cant carry your sorry a$$.
1 year ago
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