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June 21, 2013 - 7:34 am

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) defended the Senate Gang of Eight’s immigration bill on the Andrea Tantaros Show today. Rubio on Thursday voted with most Republicans to add a security amendment offered by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). But that amendment went down on a mostly party-line vote. Cornyn’s amendment would have given border security a higher priority in the bill, and made it easier to deport illegal-alien criminals who drunk drive and are caught in domestic abuse cases, among other crimes.

Sen. Rubio claimed that the Corker-Hoeven amendment, which would beef up border security, is a “dramatic improvement” over the bill. Tantaros fired: “If this amendment is so good, why wasn’t it in the original bill?”

Rubio answered that he is listening to input to try to improve the bill, and that the amendment in his judgement improves the bill.

Tantaros asked Rubio if the Democrats are using the bill to change the demographics in states like Texas to give them a lock on power. Rubio admitted that some “political operatives” are hoping to use the bill that his Gang of Eight is offering to do just that.

In fact, the Texas Democratic Party explicitly bases its long-term strategy on current demographic changes underway in the Lone Star State. Those changes would be accelerated if the Rubio-Schumer immigration bill becomes law. “There’s no doubt that politics are involved in this,” Rubio admitted as he criticized groups on the left that continue to push for less border enforcement and more government benefits for illegal aliens.

Tantaros asked Rubio about the FAIR chart showing a how a litany of crimes committed by illegal aliens would be treated. Rubio agreed that “that should be fixed.” He said that he would support amendments to close off those waivers, and hopes those amendments are offered in the Senate.  Rubio’s defensive response raised the questions of whether Sen. Rubio knows what is in the bill bearing his name, and why he tells Americans that it is  “95% perfect.”

The Andrea Tantaros Show is produced by the Fox and Rice Experience for Talk Radio Network.

Update: Listen to the entire interview here.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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NSA redux! The US Constitution morphed into a corporate type organization, a la Italy's Fascism...with mafia overtones.
Just can’t make this stuff up! Six of the largest government contractors doing “Top Secret” work for the National Security Agency as well as other U.S. intelligence agencies, have given more than $16 million dollars to We The Elite People of culture of corruption in ALL of Washington DC, since 2007. This per MapLight, a firm tracking political donations, to wit:
1)Lockheed Martin = $5 million
2)Boeing, Inc. = $4.5 million
3)Northrop Grumann = $3.3 million
4)SAIC, Inc. = $1million
5)Accenture =$1 million
6)Computer Sciences Corporation =$600,000
7)Booz, Allen, Hamilton = $81,000
Congressional Republicans received = $9 million
Democrats received =$7 million
And these bozos want We The People to believe this “gang-of-eight” smoke-and-mirrors, kabuki theatre side show?
Individual lawmakers getting the lions share? YEP! You guessed it, crony-capitalist himself, “gang-of-eight” and “Keating-Five” member - John McCain = $420,000, ranking (crook)member of the Senate Armed Services committee. This Senator has single-handedly defined “corporate welfare and crony-capitalism"…in one breath.
On the Democratic side of this equation? Rep. C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger (D-Maryland)= $225,000. See, NSA is in his district. That’s Fort Meade, headquarters of the NSA (YEP! THAT building We The People see every night in the news…did you know there are 14 floors below sidewalk level?). This lawmaker is ranking member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Now, tell We The People of humble origins, is Snowden a hero or what? Before Snowden- was any of this “corporate welfare and crony-capitalism" transparent? HUH!!! Wasn’t this all “hush-hush!!!” And these Federal Employee’s collective bargaining contracts, keeping on raising salaries, pay, pensions and bonuses???Say what!!!!Pray. Amen. Government run amok!!! Join a Tea Party.
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I'm not forgetting it. I'm burying the pikers with faxes from NumbersUSA.
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The siren song continues that the "immigration system is broken".
Yep; They broke it by NOT ENFORCING IT.
Their oaths of office are also broken.

Who is dumb enough to believe that they will enforce any NEW legislation?


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I've been noticing a template being used by senate R's. They allow bad legislation to move forward in an attempt to get the D's on record. However, they never build a backstop just in case these bills get real traction. Then, inevitably, the RINO's vote for it, using the R leadership's mealy-mouth attitude as cover. Then an initial attempt to corner D's in a bad light turns into a win for the D's. Dump the R party. It's incorrigible
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How bad does it have to get before we, you leave the R party to die on the vine? Did you see Mark Levin's list of R senators who are supporting this plan?
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We are watching the virtual creation of the North American Union. Remember that stillborn idea? Say bye, bye to the US of A.
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Well, folks, here's the bright side. Rubio exposed himself as a liar, fraud, and an agenda that benefited illegals AT THE EXPENSE of the American citizen. He betrayed his constituency in Florida, and disgraced himself. He is left with zero credibility and honor.

Allen West for Senate to replace this hack.
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what Phillip responded I am taken by surprise that student can make $5770 in 4 weeks on computer did you read this website >>>>>>>www.wep6.com
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Rubio will find out what's in the bill when Schumer lets him see a copy of it. Until then his job is to stick to the talking points Schumer gives him.
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Malarkey Rubio, the Worm, is even worse than Hussein Obama. Obama stabs America in the front. Rubio stabs America in the back.
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With the riches of new voters this bill will benefit the democrats with why the hell is the republicans on-board with it? Nothing good ever comes out of colluding with the 'enemy'. And make no mistake - the democrats are the enemy.

Stupid G-D'ed republicans! And 'RINO' Rubio is the dumbest of the dumb. I understand he MAY gain some hispanic votes from this effort - in my mind this makes it pandering plain and simple. There is nothing in this bill for anyone other than the democrats - and possibly Rubio. Oh goody! We get another RINO - if there is anything worse than 2 RINOS in a row its three RINOS in a row. The RINO party will be batting 0-3 after 2016 IMO.
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"In fact, the Texas Democratic Party explicitly bases its long-term strategy on current demographic changes underway in the Lone Star State...." For some reason this caused me to think of John Nance Garner, FDR's Vice-President during his first two terms. Garner, a Texan, was anti-New Deal to the core but went along with it for political gain. (He worked furiously to try and deny Roosevelt a third term in 1940.) He was also an amazing bigot. According to (I believe) Robert Caro, Garner hated anyone of color and particularly the Mexican migrants who slaved for pennies on his SouthTexas pecan ranches. Naturally of course this exploited group voted the straight Democratic ticket because guys like Garner told them to. This is what modern Texas Democrats are looking forward to. A huge ethnic/client group that does what it is told. I'm sure that the modern Dems in Austin will have the same respect for them that Cactus Jack did in the 1930's.
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NSA redux! The US Constitution morphed into a corporate type organization, a la Italy's Fascism...with mafia overtones.
Just can’t make this stuff up! Six of the largest government contractors doing “Top Secret” work for the National Security Agency as well as other U.S. intelligence agencies, have given more than $16 million dollars to We The Elite People of culture of corruption in ALL of Washington DC, since 2007. This per MapLight, a firm tracking political donations, to wit:
1)Lockheed Martin = $5 million
2)Boeing, Inc. = $4.5 million
3)Northrop Grumann = $3.3 million
4)SAIC, Inc. = $1million
5)Accenture =$1 million
6)Computer Sciences Corporation =$600,000
7)Booz, Allen, Hamilton = $81,000
Congressional Republicans received = $9 million
Democrats received =$7 million
And these bozos want We The People to believe this “gang-of-eight” smoke-and-mirrors, kabuki theatre side show?
Individual lawmakers getting the lions share? YEP! You guessed it, crony-capitalist himself, “gang-of-eight” and “Keating-Five” member - John McCain = $420,000, ranking (crook)member of the Senate Armed Services committee. This Senator has single-handedly defined “corporate welfare and crony-capitalism"…in one breath.
On the Democratic side of this equation? Rep. C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger (D-Maryland)= $225,000. See, NSA is in his district. That’s Fort Meade, headquarters of the NSA (YEP! THAT building We The People see every night in the news…did you know there are 14 floors below sidewalk level?). This lawmaker is ranking member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Now, tell We The People of humble origins, is Snowden a hero or what? Before Snowden- was any of this “corporate welfare and crony-capitalism" transparent? HUH!!! Wasn’t this all “hush-hush!!!” And these Federal Employee’s collective bargaining contracts, keeping on raising salaries, pay, pensions and bonuses???Say what!!!!Pray. Amen. Government run amok!!! Join a Tea Party.
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