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Malkin to PJM: I Would Pick Trump Over Rubio

Author and political columnist Michelle Malkin told PJM she would choose real-estate mogul Donald Trump over Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) because Trump is surrounding himself with particular people she trusts.

Malkin was asked which candidate she thinks is the strongest on immigration issues:

“Unfortunately, Marco Rubio has been the worst. Now, unfortunately in an oversaturated 24/7 sound bite media culture you get coverage of these issues that’s half of a centimeter deep, so all you hear about is the ‘Gang of 8’ amnesty and you get the sense that all we are talking about is allowing 11-30 million people to come out of the shadows – that’s not what it is all about. It’s not nearly about giving these blank passes to people that are here illegally,” she said during an interview at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

“The ‘Gang of 8’ was stuffed with some -- many – special-interest payoffs to so many different special interest groups and that’s what we get to in the book, the fact that you’ve got this endless pipeline of alien work permits without anybody pausing to ask, are those worker protections that were build into the H1B law in 1990 actually still in place? No, they have been sabotaged by immigration lawyers and lobbyists who are in those backrooms doing those deals,” she added.

Her latest book, Sold Out: How High-Tech Billionaires & Bipartisan Beltway Crapweasels Are Screwing America's Best & Brightest Workers, was released in November 2015.

Malkin said the media is not focusing on the pending I-Squared bill, which Rubio co-sponsored in the Senate. Malkin called it his “second worst” immigration bill. The legislation would triple the number of H1B visas issued in the United States.

She said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has “seen the light” and is now better than Rubio on immigration.

“Only recently did he come around to making the connection between these programs and their effect on workers’ wages, not just on the lower end of the scale but we’re talking about the best and brightest. These are American-educated American workers in the so-called STEM fields,” she said.