The top Republican crafting the Senate’s sweeping immigration-reform legislation acknowledged Sunday the bill still has flaws, while a fellow GOP senator said their party blocking its passage will only add to their “demographic death spiral.” Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants and potential 2016 presidential candidate, said roughly 95 percent of the bill is in “perfect shape” and that the full chamber debates are off to a good start. However, he expressed concerns about whether the legislation ensures adequate border security and said Americans have
Comments: No wonder Dems call Republicans "the stupid party." Who will these idiots blame after they´ve rammed through amnesty and are shocked to discover it didn´t gain them a single vote?
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Pass it in pieces if you must pass something. Start with border security! Nothing else to occur until ALL border state governors agree that our borders are secure. Do not trust anything to ´big sis´ or any other federal buereaucrat or syncophant, only to ALL border state governors.
BTW, if the NSA can keep track of all of us, why cannot they identify the illegals in our midst?
I have to wonder where they get the idea that this is going to bring Republican votes. Rubio has destroyed himself. I don´t care what the ´polls´ say. Wait until we have another 11 million people living off the taxpayer. Wait until we are waiting in line to see the Doctor and 30 or 40 illegal Mexicans who got handed amnesty are in line in front of us getting ´free´ medical care. How popular will Rubio and that worthless POS Graham be then? Welcome to decades of liberal rule. I won´t live long enough to see another Republican President.
I can´t imagine why the republicans think they will get any Hispanic votes even if a bill passes. The democ rats and Zero will get all the credit, leaving nothing for republicans anyway. And if voting against the bill loses the one or two Hispanic votes they might get who cares? I doubt if even the lofo voters care diddly squat about the whole immigration thing now, but when there is an influx of Mexicans taking jobs and taking up space in emergency room lines and when taxes go up, the vast majority of genuine Americans will thank the republicans for keeping illegals out.
It because of Grahamnesty McCain Snowe and our Hand Picked failed Presidential sacrifice that the rep party is in a death spiral. I am sick of all of them. Why vote for something that is only 96% perfect shape? It is the 5% thats totally unacceptable anyway. I aint feelin it.
More and more I am convinced that the GOP, like the RATS care nothing for the rule of law. I´m beginning to think that they were silent on the IRS scandal until after 2012, so to minimize the influence of the Tea Party movement. Well folks, it"s time to put the final nail in the coffin of the GOP and form a new party with Ted Cruz et al.
Who can in good conscience vote for pols who, contrary to their oaths of office, do not prioritize the American citizens, the security of this country and our Constitutional rule of law? Remember, these same Congressional pols legislate laws but then have the gall to SELECTIVELY enforce them?!!! ...Why vote for such unprincipled wafflers?!!
American citizens expect responsible and accountable laws and responsible and accountable equal justice regarding the enforcement of those laws.
Ann Coulter´s right. If the Republicans are stupid enough to vote for this, the party deserves to die...No more contributions to Republican Senatorial Committee or national groups. I´ll support individuals, only!
Most current Hispanic voters who vote for Democrats do that because of liberal Democrat stances on granting them what they believe will be "free" health care and a big expansion in social welfare benefits and services.
Those Hispanics are not about to start voting for Republicans because the Republicans abandoned their principles and facilitated a big liberal Democrat written amnesty and path to citizenship, that is going to pump almost immediately, up to 20 million legalized aliens into the legal US job market where they will have the right to compete against American workers, including Hispanic-American workers, for almost every scarce job out there.
In the years ahead the liberal Democrat ethnic and immigrant rights groups will be paid out of the amnesty bill to essentially chaperone those millions of legalized aliens through a liberal Democrat created path to citizenship process designed to eventually register as many of them as possible to vote for the Democrats.
The passage of that amnesty bill is going to enrage a good portion of the current conservative Republican voter base that the Republicans direly need at election time. When those voters fail to turn out, the Republicans who pushed the liberal Democrat amnesty are also going to find out that they also pushed their party to long-term political suicide.
We can clearly see how hundreds of thousands of illegals in California have added to the luster of the GOP in that state. When was the last GOP governor or the last GOP-controlled legislature elected in CA?
Anddd now you know why repubs don´t come out to vote on election day. Graham, Rubio, Jeb, Christie, McCain, Ryan, Boehner etc are destroying the party. They live in a different world. When they go to DC they change into something we no longer recognize.
What idiots these Senators are. The GOP has never gotten the Hispanic vote, and dramatically increasing the number of Hispanics will only make things worse.
The GOP ought to be thinking instead about the "death spiral" it puts itself in every time it alienates the GOP base. Apparently the losses due to no-shows in 2008 and 2012 were not instructive enough.
If Rubio had any sense, he would have demanded that the United States adopt Mexican laws on immigration. That action at least would have solved many problems and started the rush of illegals running back to Mexico and points beyond.
The first step would have been to close the legal borders until Mexico controls their borders. Next step, foreigners can´t buy land here, only lease it for 99 years. That is if they have visa´s and are here legally. Foreigners who are allowed over the border, must have car insurance. They require that of us, so what´s the problem. Also block all money from being sent to Mexico and beyond without proof of legal citizenship or a legal VISA.
Illegal immigrants don´t pay their way as liberals would have us believe. It costs $8,600 a year to educate a child in California and they usually have more than two children. Any income they do earn is usually in the underground economy so they don´t pay taxes on that money. They also get free medical and many are on the dole. I could go on, but why bother with people like these Senators supporting criminals while you pay their bills.
Please tell me why we should legalize people who cheat, are criminals and don´t pay their own way. They must be deported. If they pass this bill, I will never vote for GOP candidates again.
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