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Sen. Marco Rubio Answers Conservative Critics of the Immigration Bill

Posted: June 27, 2013 at 10:45 am   /   by

On June 26, 2013, Sen. Marco Rubio attempted to answer critics of Senate Bill S.744, the “Gang-of-Eight” immigration bill, as amended. This is an annotated 3-minute segment of his full 12-minute speech. The annotations contain pointed questions and comments that those who’ve read the bill might well ask or make.

Many conservatives believe the government will yet again find a way to avoid putting in proper border security despite all the promises of S.744. The bill is huge, and there are many exceptions and escape clauses that allow for litigation, time-limit expiration, and various waivers to be granted individually or en masse at the discretion of the Secretary of Homeland Security (Janet Napolitano).

Pages 857-858 of the current bill text (see link below) include what appear to be the most likely escape clauses for the federal government to avoid yet again fulfillment of the promises of yet another immigration bill.  Namely — 10 years after enactment, if border enforcement trigger levels have not been met because of litigation, applications for permanent resident status shall be accepted no matter how weak immigration enforcement happens to be.

Might open-border advocates or environmentalists pursue some new litigation (in part) to hold the border open?  Why not?  The Mexican-American border is home to many endangered species.  See for example this link, under the heading “The Fence”.

Sen. Rubio is a promising young conservative who has given many of us hope for restoration and renewal of limited government, personal responsibility, and free markets for all.  But his speech doesn’t line up well with an actual reading of the bill, and I hope he will continue to work on the bill until it can be a promise kept rather than yet another promise broken.

In the meantime, kudos to Sen. Rubio for taking to the Senate floor and at least addressing We-the-People about the bill.

The full S.744 text is at this link.   The full speech is at this link.


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  1. sleepergirl says:

    In my opinion Rubio spoke on the Senate floor attempting to recoup his standing with the Tea Party who sent money to his senate campaign as a newcomer in 2010 going up against crusty Charlie Crist, a good ole boy.  You’ve lost me, Marco.  Your eyes wouldn’t see what we all saw about the loosey goosey border section.  Very disappointed with the Democrats in Disguise (DID) – all 14 of them who voted YEA today.
    All our hopes now move to the House and we’ll be focused like a laser on how this develops.  From what I heard about what faces Congress in September, they may not even address this at all this year.  I doubt whether anything can be voted on before their August recess.  Let’s hope not anyway.

    1. @sleepergirl Rubio has lost A LOT of people. Many of them permanently.

  2. NeilFeuer says:

    In my opinion this whole process is nothing but a sham!
    It is all about politics, keeping the dems in power, securing their regime, securing the vote.
    Why can’t we address each of these issues separately, not comprehensively. For openers, just one bill to secure our border, period.
    After verifying, then move on to the next issue. It does not have to be all in one with thousands of pages that no one reads or can understand. Simplify it, make it so Joe Citizen can read and understand it.
    Just look at Obama Care, 2700 pages that no one has read or understands, so how do you expect it to work, it can’t. Doctors were never consulted, and who knows better than the person who works and lives it everyday!
    No more of this muck!
    Also, as far as border security, as anything else, why not get opinions from the people who know it, the ones that work it, like Sheriff Joe, who by the way has never ever been consulted on this and who knows better than him.

    1. @NeilFeuer Sham, for sure. But I think it’s worse. We keep hearing about little things tucked into the bill (like ObamaCars for young people) and it starts to seem more like scam than sham. There’s only one reason to make a giant bill with tons of stuff in it that nobody reads and that empowers bureaucrats at the expense of the elected branches, and that is to reduce the power of the people and to force things upon us that we do not want.

    2. sleepergirl says:

      @NeilFeuer All the players were at the table behind the closed door EXCEPT the ICE border agents!  WT….. The 8 Gang in colloboration wtih Celia Munoz (formerly of La Raza, now a WH rep at the Capitol) were diabolical and rotten to the core.

Sen. Marco Rubio Answers Conservative Critics of the Immigration Bill