The trouble with that formulation is that hardly anyone is saying that nothing at all should be done. The majority of Americans want border security before legalization, both for the sake of national security and so that any future waves of illegal immigration are headed off before they begin. Rubio and his fellow gang members are adamant that the majority of Americans will not get security first. As it is presently written, the bill creates steps to legalization immediately, in exchange for a promise of security down the road. If the 1986 amnesty is any guide, the majority will never get border security no matter how loudly we demand it. Security was promised in the 1986 amnesty, and never delivered.
Tantaros asked Rubio if there is any point at which he would walk away from the gang’s effort.
“Oh, yeah,” Rubio answered. “Number one, I think if the border situation is not improved in this bill, this bill won’t pass. It won’t pass the Senate and it has no chance in the House,” he said. “But beyond that, if this bill has something in it that gives gay couples immigration rights and so forth, it kills the bill,” he said. Rubio added that there are “a number of things that can’t happen in order for this thing to even have a chance of being successful, or to have my support.” He said that the bill needs a “specific border security plan.”
Earlier today the Senate shot down just such a plan, which was offered as an amendment by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA). Rubio voted against adding that plan to the immigration bill.
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