Via The Hill, it looks like the fix is in.
The Senate voted 82-15 on Tuesday to end debate on a motion to proceed to a comprehensive immigration reform bill.
Senators are expected to vote in an hour to proceed to the bill, which will launch a weeks-long floor debate on immigration reform.
Three of the four Republican members of the Gang of Eight — Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) — were joined by more than 20 other GOP senators in voting to advance the debate. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) supports the measure, but missed the vote. That strong support is expected to dwindle if certain amendments aren’t agreed to.
Why Republicans want to provide Democrats with millions more voters going forward is something I’ll never understand. Amazingly, the SEIU and Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS are on the same page on this issue, both having committed significant resources to purchase pro-amnesty bill ads in the states of key Senators. Think about that. The SEIU is little more than an arm of the Democrat Party. The vast majority of these illegal immigrants are never going to support Republicans electorally, yet Washington Republicans are hell-bent on giving them the right to vote. Why? What’s the upside? We did essentially the same thing with the 1986 Simpson-Mazzoli Act and I don’t recall that amnesty bill causing Latino’s to reward Republicans with their votes. Quite the opposite.
And this is so unnecessary. There’s no public outcry to force this thing through. Immigration reform doesn’t even rank in the top ten of issues Americans are concerned about. And to the extent they do care, via John Hinderaker, the more they learn about this bill, the more they oppose it. Further, by significant margins the American public wants the border secured before there’s anything else done on immigration, yet Schumer-Rubio does the exact opposite. It’s difficult to see a downside for Republicans if they simply walk away from this debacle. The only practical effect of this effort to rush the amnesty bill through is to divide Republicans and give Obama a massive gift by taking attention off Scandalmania. Remind me again: Why would Rubio, Boehner, and other Republicans want to do this?