Rubio Now Says Amnesty Can Get 60 Votes

Rubio Now Says Amnesty Can Get 60 Votes

“There are not currently 60 votes to pass an immigration reform proposal in the Senate but there will be, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), one of eight senators that introduced the proposal, said Friday. Rubio’s comments come a few days after he said that the bill lacked 60 votes, which contradicted statements by other other supporters of the immigration bill,” The Hill reports.

House GOP Won’t Support Amnesty Says House Chairman

“Representative Bob Goodlatte of Virginia stated on the Laura Ingraham Show Friday that ‘a majority of Republicans in the House’ do not support ‘anything like the Senate bill’ on immigration. He assured Ingraham that the House would engage with the legislation ‘based on what a conservative approach to immigration reform should be,'” National Review reported.

“‘Here’s the situation,’ Goodlatte explained. ‘It’s done in the Senate. You’ve got prominent Republicans involved in it, and the House needs to respond to that.’ A step-by-step approach to ‘fix a broken immigration system’ – beginning with the ‘massive problems with illegal immigration’ – would be the best way to proceed, he said.”

Rubio Tells Spanish-Language Media – Legalization First, Then Security

“Sen. Marco Rubio said Friday that illegal immigrants will get legal status no matter what happens with border security, but said the Senate will have to stiffen enforcement in order to win the 60 votes needed to pass his bill through his chamber. ‘Nobody is talking here about preventing legalization. Legalization will take place,’ Mr. Rubio told Univision in an interview scheduled to air Sunday,” the Washington Times reported.

“‘First comes legalization, then comes this border security measure and then comes the permanent residency process. What we are talking about here is the permanent residency system,’ the Florida Republican said, according to the English translation of the interview.”

Cornyn Amendment Focused on Border Security

“Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) has added even more drama to the immigration reform debate with a border security amendment he plans to introduce next week. The amendment, dubbed the RESULTS amendment (short for “Requiring Enforcement, Security and safety, & Upgrading Legitimate Trade and travel Simultaneously”), is has split the Republicans and the Democrats in the Gang of Eight,” says Breitbart News.

Cornyn issued a statment after Senate Democrats panned the amendment. “It took less than 12 hours for Senate Democrats to reject a real border security plan. The American people don’t believe that the so-called Gang of Eight’s bill will ever deliver real results when it comes to border security and enforcement,” he said.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called the amendment a poison pill. “A proposed Republican amendment to the Senate Gang of Eight’s immigration bill is a ‘poison pill’ and the legislation is unlikely to go through any ‘big changes,’ Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Sunday. The amendment to the bill from Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) would require significantly higher thresholds of border control before the bill’s ‘trigger’ kicks in allowing undocumented immigrants to move toward citizenship. The effort has been praised by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a key Gang of Eight member, as a provision that ‘will get this bill where it needs to be,'” Politico reported.

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Dan is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best-known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.


  1. avatar

    the immigration reform i would like to see is as follows.
    One: Tough enfrocement along the lines of what was stated by Ron. I have been blogging and e-mailling this for years to whomever would listen. We must have an all out blitz on enforcement. Refuse education, hospital visits, jobs etc. to anyone without proof of citizenship or legal status. No more licenses to illegals, tuition breaks or voting rights. Any state that allows benefits of any kind to an illegal should federal funds cut. The person that committed the offense should be subject to jail time and/or a substantial fine and lose of employment. Any employer, public or private entity that helps or provides service to illegals are subject to jail and/or a substantial fine and lose of employment. That includes doctors, social service employees, principals etc.. Make it hurt.
    There should be a massive sweeps with the use of every sector of law enforcement and even the National Guard. Go to social welfare offices, hospitals, schools, resaurants, hotels, construction sites etc. everywhere illegals are known to be. Trust me they are not in the shadows.

    Two: Amend the 14th amendment. It should state only children born to U.S. citizens orwill be allowed citizenship status. The child of parents in which one is a U.S. citizen and the other a legal resident may also have citizenshship status.

    Three: Make English the offical language of the U.S. All federal,state and municipal documents will be printed in English only. If you refuse to learn English then tough. Do away with all dual language and bi-lingual education programs.

    Four: Secure the southern and northern borders and both coasts. Use the National Guard of each border state to patrol the borders. On the Coast use the national guard for land patrols and the ports. Use the coast guard and Navy for the sea.

    Five: This has nothing to do with immigration reform. But, everyone adds somthing they would like to try to a bill. Do away with all ethnic and racial descriptions of people on all fedral, state, local and private employment forms. I am so tired of us being divided by race and ethnicity. I am tired of seeing (minorities and woemn encouraged to apply) on job advertisements. Can’t do anything about gender.

    Becoming a citizen is an honor and a privilege. It should take time and it should’nt be bought and sold like a prostitute or drugs. We must remember that 60% of the illegals from the 1986 amnesty have still not become citizens. This is not an issue of citizenship. It is an issue of an invading people from south of the border coming to the U.S. to be Mexcians living in America. With all the benefits and privileges but without the responsiblility of citizenship.

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    Immigration system is broken and it needs to be fixed period. Tieing border security to amnesty does not make much sense because, 1) Approximately 40% of undocumented people did not jump over the border but legally and majestically entered through America’s international airports. 2) To really restrict future illegal immigrants, just forget about borders but simply refuse education, employment and medical facility( schools, employers, hospitals), there will be no more illegal immigration and also the exisiting undocumented people will leave by themselves. So, border security is an escuse for republicans who are not willing to reform immigration.

    Also there are legal immigrants who are waiting for more than 10 or 15 years to get their green cards. This is high time to fix the the immigration system.

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    For the life of me, I cannot figure out how an amendment that requires “significantly higher thresholds of border control” could be a “poison pill”, according to Harry Reid. Were we not told that the border IS secure? In that case, why would these “thresholds” be ANY problem at all to achieve? Second, when this reform bill was being talked about in general terms just a few months ago, we were ASSURED that enforcement would be the priority. That it would come BEFORE anything else.

    And NOW? No, that’s all gone by the wayside. All the same liars and panderers who are responsible for the chaos and dysfunction in our immigration system now decide that they get to fix it to THEIR non existent standards. Back in the 1990s Harry Reid was for changing the 14th amendment to eliminate birthright citizenship. NOW that the demographics of Nevada have changed, so has he. The same thing he supported back then is now bigotry.

    [Not that the 14th even needs to be changed, a court decision could do it. When the Supreme Court decided in 1898 that Wong Kim Ark was a citizen it was because his parents were long time legal residents of California. The court could not have contemplated “birth tourism” or becoming a citizen because your parents broke the law.]

    As for Mr. Rubio and his “first comes legalization and then comes this border security measure” speech, again, this is exactly what we were told would not happen. We were promised enforcement first, and not as an afterthought that may or may not happen.