By JAVIER MANJARRESThe immigration reform bill introduced by Senator Marco Rubio and his Gang of 8 Senators, continues to get picked apart by conservative skeptics that feel that Rubio has sold America out by supporting this supposed amnesty for illegal immigrants bill.
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While Rubio, the Ambassador of Amnesty, as some are calling him, continues vehemently state that he is against any form of amnesty for illegal immigrants, regardless of how tough the security measures within the bill are, Rubio is still getting skewered by Republicans and Conservatives alike for standing shoulder-to-shoulder with six of the most “liberally-minded” thinkers in the U.S. Senate.
Last week Rubio was protested outside a Republican dinner he was invited to speak at by a group of anti-amnesty for illegal immigrants group, the FLIMEN. Several members of the group accused Rubio of being a “traitor,”say that he lied to Floridians when he ran on a pro-legal immigration platform during his 2010 U.S. Senate race.
The protest itself was protested by a group of pro-pathway to citizenship supports, one of who admitted to being in the country illegally. The other members of the group, who were also interviewed, did not speak one word of English, leading me to believe that they could also be in the country illegally.
The Rubio protests did not end there. President Obama’s Organizing For Action (OFA) stirred up another protest at Rubio’s Palm Beach Gardens office, but this protest was in support of Rubio and his immigration reform position. President Obama has hailed Rubio and his efforts to draw up this bipartisan piece of legislation.
But the contingent of about 20 people that OFA and the Service Employees International Union brought to Rubio’s office on Thursday came not to protest but to thank Rubio for supporting a bipartisan immigration reform bill that includes a pathway to citizenship for people in the country illegally.
The kudos from the left came less than 24 hours after Rubio got some brickbats from the right for the same immigration bill. When Rubio spoke at the St. Lucie County GOP’s Lincoln Day dinner, two dozen members of Floridians for Immigration Enforcement demonstrated outside, accusing the conservative senator of pushing amnesty.
Rubio said in Port St. Lucie that the bill he and members of a bipartisan “Gang of Eight” drafted is a “starting point” that can be changed. Getting the GOP-controlled House on board will probably require stronger border security measures, said Rubio, who has made similar statements on multiple conservative talk radio shows in recent weeks.-Palm Beach Post
We wrote this a few days about Rubio’s Port St. Lucie event-
During a short gaggle with reporters in Port St. Lucie, Florida, Rubio said that “people are happy with the E-verify measure , and entry-exist system that are outlined in the immigration bill, but when asked if there would be any changes to this flawed bill, Rubio said-
Well there’s going to be amendments. When asked if he was going to personally submit amendments to the bill, Rubio said, Absolutely, we are already working on, and some need to happen because of technical things that need to be corrected or other mistakes that are in the bill. Rubio then added that we need “strengthen elements of the bill that people have questions about.-Senator Marco Rubio (Rubio admits immigration bill has mistakes)