By JAVIER MANJARRES“Well, I think if those amendments don’t pass, then I think we’ve got a bill that isn’t going to become law and I think we’re wasting our time. So the answer is no.-Senator Marco Rubio
With all of the conservative push-back Senator Marco Rubio has received over his immigration reform bill, has the pressure from his base moved him to consider pulling his support from the bill?
Breitbart News is reporting that a “high-ranking senate aide” told them that Rubio is looking for an “escape hatch from the ‘Gang of Eight’ immigration bill,” and looking to use other Republican members of the Senate as their “parachute to get out.” Some of these other friends and fellow Senators are Ted Cruz, Jeff Sessions, and Mike “ Se Habla Espanol” Lee, who have all been extremely critical of Rubio’s bill.
When asked if he would pull out of the bill if it “veered to the left,” Rubio stated that “it wasn’t about pulling out,” but about getting a bill put together that would be supported.
But now Rubio has changed his position, stating that he could not support the bill if it compromised his principles, also saying that if border security-strengthening amendments do not pass in the Senate, he would not support the bill that “emerged” form the Senate Judiciary Committee.In addition, Rubio said this past Monday that the bill did not have the 60 votes needed to even pass the Senate.
Here is what Rubio said to Hugh Hewitt-
Will Rubio pull his support from his immigration bill? We won’t know until the bill comes to a vote, but in the meantime, the bill hits the Senate floor for debate next week. Expect to see some political fireworks.
Hugh Hewitt: “And will you be the author of those amendments?”
Rubio: “We’re working on it right now. I’ll be involved in it for sure. I think there are other senators that have taken a lead, and I’ll let them kind of come out in the next couple of days with their specific ideas. But we’ve been involved on a daily basis working with them to get to the right point in terms of real measures. And what we’ve heard is people don’t want to just turn it over to the Department of Homeland Security to come up with a plan. They want the plan to be laid out with specifically real measurables. I think that’s a good approach. And so we’re working with members now to do that. We expect to hear from them here in the next couple of days.”
Hewitt: “If those amendments don’t pass, will you yourself support the bill that emerged from Judiciary, Senator Rubio?”
Rubio: “Well, I think if those amendments don’t pass, then I think we’ve got a bill that isn’t going to become law and I think we’re wasting our time. So the answer is no. If they don’t pass, then we have to keep working to ensure that we get to a bill that can become a law. We’re not interested in passing a Senate bill. We’re interested in passing a law that reforms a broken legal immigration system, that begins to enforce the law, and that deals with the 11 million people who are here illegally. And that is the goal of this endeavor.
And so, if those amendments fail, we’ve got to go back to the drawing board and keep working until we can figure out one that will pass. But I don’t understand why anyone would be against it. In essence, I don’t think there is a good reason to be against strengthening border security for our country. … The vast majority of [people] are prepared to support immigration reform the way we’ve laid it out, but only if we can pass an amendment that ensures that we will never have another wave of illegal immigration again. And that is where I’m really going to focus my energies — on trying to get language into this bill that gets us that support.”