Maybe that’s why he is pushing so hard to make them documented Democrats, heh. The increasingly bizarre contortions into which Rubio is twisting himself to justify his amnesty bill are getting rather amusing. A few days ago he claimed that we need to legalize illegal immigrants so they can fund border security.
“We need to register them as soon as possible, not just to keep the problem from getting worse, but we’re going to require them to pay a fine, and that’s the money that we are going to use to pay for the border security,” Rubio, said, according to York. “If we don’t get that fine money from the people that have violated our immigration laws, then the American taxpayer is going to have to pay for border security.”
In other words, we don’t need to worry about closing the border now because we need illegal immigrants to keep flooding in because we’re going to register them so that they’ll pay taxes to fund border security when, at some indeterminate point in the future, we decide to secure the border from illegal immigrants after they’ve already crossed it. Or something like that. Anyway, now Rubio’s channeling his inner John Conyers. Conyers, you may recall, hilariously took umbrage at the term “illegal immigrants” to describe illegal immigrants last winter.
Would it be impolitic for me to suggest it’s long past time for this fool to retire? I digress. Around that time Conyers was dazzling us with his brilliance, Jay Leno joked about the lengths to which the Democrats and their media allies were stretching to be politically correct and deny reality:
Today at a Republican Study Committee meeting, Representative Michael Burgess (R-TX) referenced that line, and by all accounts Rubio was most unhappy:
Marco Rubio was not amused.
The senator from Florida had listened patiently as a panel of hand-picked conservatives, lined up across a long table at the front of the room, took turns speaking about the prospects of immigration reform. When discussion finally opened to the anxious, overflowing crowd of lawmakers at the Republican Study Committee’s immigration summit, several were quick to critique their pro-reform colleagues—Rubio the headliner among them.
Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., argued they should be discussing a report by the Heritage Foundation’s Robert Rector on the costs of amnesty. Rep. Scott Garrett, R-N.J., raised concerns about implementing an e-Verify system. But it was Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, who got under Rubio’s skin.
Referencing a Jay Leno one-liner, Burgess questioned fellow conservatives about the wisdom of giving citizenship to “11 million undocumented Democrats.” Laughter, some of it nervous, spread throughout the room. But not everyone found Burgess’s crack funny. According to several people who attended the June 5 gathering, Rubio glared at Burgess.
This account, confirmed by multiple members and staffers, sheds light on what is perhaps the most politically obvious—and perpetually underplayed—conservative argument against providing citizenship to the nation’s illegal immigrants. With all the noise surrounding the debate over policy specifics—security measures, enforcement triggers, future flow, interior oversight—there is still an underlying political argument whispered among some of Congress’s most conservative members: After 71 percent of Hispanics voted for President Obama in 2012, why should Republicans add millions more to the voting rolls?
They shouldn’t. But for reasons known only to himself, Rubio is insistent on adding millions of Democrats to the voting rolls which, as I noted yesterday, is exactly what Obama-Schumer-Rubio will do. The fact is Rubio and his fellow “Gang-of-Eight” Republicans are getting rolled by Obama and the Democrats, and on some level I suspect Rubio knows this. That’s why he’s getting so defensive on this issue. But for whatever reason, he feels he can’t walk away from this POS amnesty bill. If he did, the bill would collapse. At today’s meeting, Representative Steve King (R-IA) made a key point:
“Barack Obama is not trying to help Republicans. He wouldn’t be doing this if it helped Republicans.”
Somebody should break this news to Rubio and his GOP cronies on the “Gang of Eight”.