By Don Tagala, ABS CBN North America Bureau

June 5, 2013

New York – The de facto head of the Gang of Eight senators responsible for drafting the senate immigration overhaul is now turning his back against his own proposed legislation. In an interview with conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla) said that he would vote against his own immigration bill unless lawmakers approve an amendment that would limit Homeland
Security’s power over border security.

This is in sharp contrast with a statement he made last month when he said that the same bill he now refuses to vote for has the toughest enforcement measures in history.

Rubio now supports a bill crafted Sen. John Cronym (R-Tx) that comes with stricter requirements that could delay legal status for undocumented immigrants.

The legislation, a priority for President Barack Obama, aims to boost border security and workplace enforcement, transform legal
immigrant and worker programs and put some 11 million immigrants here illegally on a path to citizenship.

As the only author of the bill with the bona fides to sell it to conservatives, Rubio’s been seen for months as key to its passage.

In recent weeks, Rubio’s efforts have been largely behind the scenes as the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which Rubio is not a member, debated the legislation before approving it on a bipartisan vote. Now, with the full Senate set to take up the bill next week, Rubio’s about to assume a more public role. His performance may spell success or failure for the bill and for his own political prospects as a potential presidential candidate in 2016.

-with reports from the Associated Press

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  • Delia
    7 June 2013 at 6:26 am - Reply

    Rubio , you should never have crafted any bills anyway. Grow a spine and follow the rules of Law. You Politicians are the ones screwing this country and the constitutions.

  • Delia
    9 June 2013 at 10:18 am - Reply

    I think it is good that Rubio sees the very valid reasons that he shouldn’t support his own bill. Our economy is in shambles and we can’t afford to absorb 30 million illegal aliens into it and give them the benefits that citizens have paid for through payroll deductions. These trespassers have paid NOTHING into the system, and they will suck it dry.

    WHY No consideration to all those people who applied to enter the US LEGALLY has ever been mentioned. Is the US government going to hang THEM out to dry, too? This is an amnesty bill regardless of what Rubio or anyone else says. It is the worst sort of racial pandering and the bill should and must be defeated.

    • medeliarightyracist
      12 June 2013 at 12:52 pm - Reply

      Delia – puro ka ignore, eh bakit sumasagot ka pa? Kung hindi ka ba naman isang kalahi’t tanga eh…

      • Delia
        13 June 2013 at 8:05 am - Reply

        hey idiot , the post i posted to ignore is intended to a person i post above . I did not say its a respond to everybody . Call me stupid ?? now whos the idiot and blind ? I directly say’s my responds to one who addressing me , so stop butting in that’s being disingenuous.

        • medeliaright
          19 June 2013 at 6:47 am - Reply

          post post, gusto mo posasan kita dyan !

  • medeliarightyracist
    13 June 2013 at 8:09 am - Reply

    Magtagalog ka nga, pa engles engles ka pa mali naman !

  • O
    19 June 2013 at 2:07 am - Reply

    The so called INS laws reform is nothing but a full blown amnesty with illegal alien criminals included. The reform must be discarded in the garbage where it belong.