Facts are stubborn things
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.