Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has been keeping his mouth shut recently about immigration, especially when it comes to what the House of Representatives is up to.
On Tuesday, Rubio broke his silence. He added his voice to those urging the House to pass an amnesty bill similar to the one he shilled for in the Senate. Perhaps Rubio was using the month-and-a-half-long silence to work on a really compelling sales pitch to his colleagues in the House. If so, he probably should have taken a little more time, because the one he came out with on Tuesday needs a little work.
In essence, Rubio’s pitch to the House is, Pass an amnesty bill so that President Obama doesn’t implement one unilaterally. Noting that the president (in apparent disregard for the Constitution) acted unilaterally in implementing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty in response to Congress’s defeat of the DREAM Act, Rubio warned the House that if they don’t legislate the way President Obama wants them to, he’ll just go ahead and do it any way.
So, apparently the best reason he can come up with for the House to pass an amnesty bill is Congress is too impotent to prevent the president from trampling on their constitutional authority. Now that’s a real selling point!