Marco Rubio, you may recall, was one of the Gang of Eight, a bipartisan group of senators who in 2013 wrote and pushed the comprehensive immigration bill that favored the interests of Barack Obama, La Raza, the Chamber of Commerce, labor unions and benefited 33 million illegal immigrants.
Two years later, Rubio, a 2016 Republican Party presidential wannabe is struggling to distance himself from the vipers he laid with to push comprehensive immigration but the vipers have locked on the establishment candidate and refuses to let go.
Rubio’s gang of eight compadre, Senator Chuck Schumer in outing the primary candidate’s role says that Rubio who along with Schumer co-authored the legislation “was not only totally committed — he was in that room with us, four Democrats, four Republicans” and that Rubio’s “fingerprints are all over that bill.”
…as the presidential race heats up, Schumer is unloading the new line of criticism, saying Rubio was the main architect of the provision to provide a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants, something bound to give ammunition to his primary foes who call the measure ‘amnesty.’
‘He understood it, he molded it, he made it a tough path to citizenship,’ Schumer said. ‘But we all agreed to it, and it would have to be a tough path to citizenship. But he was all for it….’
See the Gang of Eight’s April 2013 press conference on immigration reform below commencing at 14:37 with Chuck Schumer.
At 45:15 of video, Rubio’s speaks and as you will see, Rubio was very much involved with immigration reform.
Enter 2015 and try as he might, Rubio cannot distance himself from this not that he has actually made an effort.
Below is a screenshot of those who behind the scenes pushed for immigration reform. To the left, you will see Grover Norquist and Richard Trumka.
Strange bedfellows Marco, strange bedfellows.
Rubio again in 2013 denying that the 2013 comprehensive immigration reform bill was amnesty.
Earlier when the subject of immigration reform came up, Marco Rubio in an interview with Univision’s Jorge Ramos stated the following:
that, as President, he would keep Barack Obama’s executive amnesty for DREAMers in place until it was permanently codified through legislation.
Rubio said, in part:
DACA…applies to young people that arrived in this country at a very young age before they were adults and I don’t think we can immediately revoke that … I’m not calling for it to be revoked tomorrow, or this week, or right away. ‘I think it will have to end…