Cruz & Rubio: illegal immigration history differs

Facts are stubborn things

Byron York, writing for the Washington Examiner sets the record straight on Sens. Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and their positions regarding the invasion — otherwise known as illegal immigration.

The Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform bill passed the Senate after a series of votes in June 2013. Democrats, who controlled the Senate at the time, unanimously supported the bill, while most Republicans opposed it. The four Republicans on the gang — Marco Rubio, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Jeff Flake — of course voted for it, and also agreed with Democrats on a plan to kill almost all GOP amendments.

York cites and details a series of key amendments intended to put teeth in the bill: the Grassley amendment, the Thune amendment and the Vitter amendment. Sen. Jeff Sessions offered up 17 amendments. In each case Ted Cruz supported the constraining amendments while Marco Rubio voted against them. Just days ago, Sessions said, “Every step of the way, Ted Cruz was on my side.”

Earlier, Republicans offered dozens of amendments to the Gang of Eight bill when it was making its way through the Senate Judiciary Committee. Under a pre-arranged plan, the gang, including Rubio, agreed to kill any amendments they felt would threaten their legislation.

“The eight met in private before each committee hearing, hashing out which amendments they would support and which oppose as a united coalition,” the Washington Post reported in May 2013. “Senate aides said amendments were rejected if either side felt they would shatter the deal.” The Post article is unambiguously titled,  “Conservatives stymied in attempts to alter immigration reform law.”

The Post reported, “GOP members of the group opposed several tough border-control amendments from Sen. Ted Cruz.”

Unions representing 12,000 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officers publicly opposed the Senate Gang of Eight scheme. National ICE Council president Chris Crane, an outspoken ally of bill opponents like Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions circulated a letter to Congress at the time, arguing that the bill as written “fails to meet the needs of the law enforcement community” and would harm its public safety and national security objectives.”

Marco Rubio can run but he can’t hide — from the facts.


9 Responses to Cruz & Rubio: illegal immigration history differs

  1. AZ Conservative Guy says:

    The fact that Marco Rubio made his bed with John McCain should block the furtherance of his career plans. Ditto for Jeff Flake. Both men are untrustworthy opportunists who lie when it benefits them. Remember Flake laughingly acknowledging “I lied” when he decided to dump his pledge to term limit himself in the House? He’s always been for open borders, whether it’s partnering with McCain on Mexico or with Obama on Communist Cuba.

  2. Tucson GOP says:

    At the bottom of each page on this site, related posts pop up. This one “So who is Marco Rubio?” is from April of this year, and is worth another look. It includes pertinent facts I had forgotten, such as Rubio being an outspoken opponent of Arizona’s SB 1070. Anyone with a brain who lives in Tucson as I do, understands all too well why the border is a joke. In the perilous times in which we are living, we need impenetrable security now more than ever.

  3. Matt DeGennaro says:

    The fact that Marco Rubio handled his own money as poorly as has been reported, should also be of concern to every American who cares about the astronomical debt we carry and will burden our grandchildren’s grandchildren.
    I’m not a fan of the Washington Post, but this is a well written, fact filled article:

  4. Maggie says:

    Rubio is a smooth talker which is the hot air he has risen on. Never forget he was mentored by Jeb Bush. Bush is sinking. Let’s hope amnesty promoter Marco McRubio joins him.

  5. Conservative Since Birth says:

    Lately, I keep hearing that Marco Rubio is the only Republican who can beat Hillary Clinton. Who says that – the news media? Karl Rove? Marco Rubio has an awful lot of baggage for a young guy and he obviously played his cards wrong when he joined up with McCain as one of the gang of eight. (Real) Conservatives will never trust him after he so opportunistically aligned with the Tea Party, who is responsible for his Senate win. Ever since, he’s been known as an amnesty guy and left the Tea Party in the dust.

    His donors tell the immigration story – a few no-borders billionaires and Paul Ryan types. Marco Rubio is now forever known by how he played the immigration card and with that part of his baggage, he’ll have big trouble getting any votes from the GOP base. I even wonder if Cuban-Americans trust him. He and Ted Cruz aren’t comparable morally and ethically.

    • Vince says:

      you’re right on the money! Marco Rubio is the left wing media’s Republican heartthrob now that the first pick Jeb has dropped like a rock.

      We’ve had enough of GOP Lite nominees, with Dole, McCain and Romney. Karl Rove needs to keep his yap shut and stash his foolish white board. He makes his very substantial living off the establishment. It’s long past time to disregard his BS. Our country is at stake.

  6. Saguaro Sam says:

    Regarding the GOP:

    Reverend Franklin Graham has announced publicly that he “has resigned” from the (R) party and has registered as an (I).

    His Facebook post left no questions as to why he made this decision.

    Rev. Graham is calling on Christians, including pastors, to run for political office.

    He will be conducting rallys at all State capitols, first beginning with the States which have primaries looming.

    Go here to see the nationwide schedule;

    The prayer meeting/rally will be held at the AZ State Capitol on the House of Reps lawn at 12 noon on March 18, 2016.

    He needs volunteers to assist at the rally.

  7. Rob Haney says:

    I have begun calling the RINO four, McCain, Flake, Rubio, and Graham the RINO Heretics. HERETICS to the Republican Party Platform is what they are and have always been. The Congress is full of Republican Party Heretics.

    • State Delegate says:

      “Heretics” defines these phonies perfectly. Arizonans need to replace BOTH of our slippery senators. But it takes money to fight incumbents, and that’s why they usually stay for decades. Here in Arizona we also are plagued by egotists with no chance of winning who stubbornly stay in the race and siphon off votes from an electable challenger. It’s as though they are devoted to reelecting the despicable McCain.