Rubio: Obama’s lawlessness is the biggest impediment to passing immigration reform

posted at 7:21 pm on January 29, 2014 by Allahpundit

Before we begin, although I think these “he’s being friendly with Obama!” outrages are silly, I can’t resist tossing a little chum to the anti-Rubio sharks out there. I’m titling this one, “Pals.”

Anyway, as the senator was saying:

Rubio said that the “fundamental” problem to passing immigration reform right now is skepticism on the right that the administration would enforce beefed up border security measures.

He said that Obama administration handling of the Internal Revenue Service scandal involving scrutiny of Tea Party groups and revelations about widespread National Security Administration spying have drummed up this skepticism.

“I don’t know if it can happen under this administration given its lack of willingness to enforce the law. It’s a real impediment,” he said. “I think that is the fundamental challenge right now … how do we gain people’s confidence that the enforcement will happen.”

“Where was this guy eight months ago?” wonders Mark Krikorian. When did it dawn on him, precisely, that a Democratic president can’t be trusted to be a hard-ass on the border even if Congress has authorized him to be one? I’ll up the ante by asking another question: When did Obama’s lawlessness become an “impediment” to passing immigration reform, as Rubio says here, rather than the whole reason for passing the bill in the first place? Back in August, he argued that it’s because we can’t trust Obama that Congress needs to act; if Congress stands pat and does nothing, O might turn around and try to amnestize America’s illegals via executive order. Better to have the legislature step up than leave President Powergrab to his own devices. Remember?

“I believe that this president will be tempted, if nothing happens in Congress, he will be tempted to issue an executive order like he did for the DREAM Act kids a year ago, where he basically legalizes 11 million people by the sign of a pen. Now, we won’t get an E-Verify, we won’t get any border security. But he’ll legalize them,” the Florida senator told Tallahassee radio host Preston Scott.

Why was he worried about border security and E-Verify back then if he doesn’t trust Obama to enforce them now? If you can’t trust O to carry out the law then logically it doesn’t much matter what Congress does. O’s going to do what he wants to do. In fact, if you’re worried about a backlash among conservatives against the GOP leadership if they pass a legalization bill, you’re arguably better off letting Obama do that himself via EO so that he takes all the political heat. The GOP can focus on border security instead and then, if Obama refuses to enforce the bill they pass, they can run on that in the midterms. It’d be superb motivation to get grassroots righties to turn out to beat the Democrats.

Ah, but there’s a flaw in that plan: The GOP needs to participate in the legalization process in order to impress Latino voters, right? Can’t let O do it himself. Then he’ll get all the electoral credit. As the head of the RNC put it, “I think you have general consensus that something big has to happen.” Does it, though? A smart conservative-leaning friend who follows politics e-mailed me today after the Ryan post with a provocative question: What if all the Republican blather about passing amnesty to woo Latinos is nonsense that even they don’t believe? Romney did get destroyed in that demographic in 2012, but contrary to popular belief, it didn’t cost him the election. Pushing a middle-class economic agenda would help Republicans with Latinos (and every other kind of voter) in 2016 irrespective of what happens with immigration reform; it’s also an open question whether Latinos, a key part of “the Obama coalition,” will show up in the same numbers two years from now when O’s no longer on the ballot. Republican leaders know all of this, my friend emphasized. So why continue to push the “we can’t win without amnesty!” canard?

His theory: Maybe the Democrats are right about the GOP, at least on this issue. Maybe Boehner and Ryan and the rest of them really are just toadies of the Chamber of Commerce and big business. The “Latinos won’t vote for us without this” might simply be what they feed the base to try to soften opposition among conservatives; after all, even if you hate the idea of amnesty, you’d hate losing to Hillary even more. Once grassroots opposition is sufficiently soft, the big immigration sellout on behalf of business interests can proceed. I don’t know if he’s right or wrong, but keep the possibility in mind as this plays out. All I’ll say is, while I don’t trust O to enforce the border as scrupulously as he could, there are few Republican would-be presidents that I’d trust either. This isn’t an “Obama’s gone rogue” problem. This is something bigger.


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Obama is an untrustworthy negotiating partner. He has demonstrated that he will arbitrarily enforce laws based on his own extremist personal beliefs and use government agencies to attack and harass administration critics.

OxyCon on January 30, 2014 at 12:39 AM

How do you know I’m a white knight? Maybe I’m Hispanic.

wolly4321 on January 30, 2014 at 12:39 AM

Ron paul is a anti semite nutcase.
wolly4321 on January 30, 2014 at 12:34 AM

Link to anti-Semite statements by Ron Paul…? Yeah, I will wait. I see you are a dishonest jerk like ALT…makes sense.

iwasbornwithit on January 30, 2014 at 12:41 AM

Well, there are simple, common-sense enforcement measures that can be passed on their own – but the danger is the Senate would try to insist a conference be called with the Schumer-Rubio bill, putting everything back on the table. The House would be under a lot of pressure to conference, so the safest thing is just wait until Obama is history and we control the Senate.

Key measures are universal e-Verify which eliminates the use of fake IDs or SSNs and we know works. Then we need visa tracking – which other countries manage. Most illegals got here not by sneaking across the border illegally, but by coming legally and not going home. We need to watch expiring student, work, and tourist visas. And, of course, the fencing needs to be completed along those highly-travelled stretches of the border.

We could pass these things, now or in 2015 if we win the Senate, and see what Obama does. But if he fails to faithfully execute the laws, why would we give him what he wants?

Adjoran on January 30, 2014 at 12:42 AM

Arguing with paulbots was boring years ago.

But don’t think you are going to come here and attack a jew. Unanswered.

Have a nice night.;)

wolly4321 on January 30, 2014 at 12:47 AM

wolly4321 on January 30, 2014 at 12:47 AM

You can’t back it up. You lied and defended a repulsive racist liar. Ron Paul’s ideas are winning and your lies won’t change that fact.

Good night.

iwasbornwithit on January 30, 2014 at 1:48 AM

Just don’t do anything regarding immigration.

there is no compelling need to do anything regarding the illegals already here. The only compelling need is to strengthen border enforcement and strengthen immigration enforcement.

But, those things will not happen under this president – so do nothing. There is no great political drive by the voters to “get something done” on immigration – so just ignore it.

Why is that so difficult?

Monkeytoe on January 30, 2014 at 8:14 AM

The GOP could make the case that illegal immigration and cheap illegal labor thwarts innovation.

The agricultural community says they need these migrant workers. What they really need to do is invest in a technological solution – a machine, robot, whatever, that can pick strawberries, grapes etc.

There was time in our history when we needed slaves to pick cotton. Enter the cotton gin, which forever changed that industry and improved lives. GOP, start using the language of the left…Illegal immigration and illegal cheap labor sends us back to the days of slavery.

monalisa on January 30, 2014 at 8:38 AM

The Vichy Republicans are not pushing Amnesty to gain new voters (As we say in Dixie, “They’re stupid, but they ain’t ig’nant”.); they’re pushing Amnesty to make their Big Money Donors in the US Chamber of Commerce happy, by supplying them with cheap labor.

Yes, boys and girls, both the Republicans and the US Chamber of Commerce have sold us hard-working Americans out…to make an extra buck or two.

kingsjester on January 30, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Rubio: Obama’s lawlessness is the biggest impediment to passing immigration reform

LOL. Marco, the treasonous, little worm, wants to reward the lawlessness of millions of his alien buddies who have no business here and now he wants to blame any failure in his treasonous push on the treasonous tyrant occupooping the Oval Office … Oh, that’s rich.

Yes, Barky is a lawless tyrant with the intellect of a fruit fly, but the treasonous little worm, Rubio, wants to help make this nation even more lawless while totally destroying any concept of sovereignty or even the idea of a nation-state, itself. Barky and Rubio deserve each other and they both deserve jail )at the very least). Barky, of course, is much better at retarded tyranny than Rubio (who just seems to have a hard-on for letting anyone in this hemisphere crash through our border and pick up their prize of a citizenship … well,, not Canadians, but anyone else in the Western Hemisphere) but Rubio wishes he could do just as much damage.

Brazen Bulls for both of them.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 30, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Look, the GOP big money donors are demanding their dirt cheap laborers so they can become even richer. The GOP establishment types want illegals because they think they will vote for them and then they can finally boot those eeevil Conservative peasants from the party who demand they answer to the people.

Hard Right on January 30, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Allapundit- Looking for you to feature & comment on Ann Coulter’s article on rep. immigration plans as featured on Drudge headline.
This report is stunningly depressing. Other reactions?

3dpuzzman on January 30, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Hard to admit that even the Affirmative Action, Idiot, Community Organizer-in-Chief is more intelligent, a better snake oil salesman, and more likeable than Jeb’s corrupt Waterboy.

How did this mental midget ever graduate from law school? All he had going for him was “drama queen” and that was a one trick pony. Now he is forced to resort to his incessant pandering. It’s pathetic to witness.

Hey corrupt gopE? You just don’t get it.

If the electorate is forced to choose between corrupt
Socialism (Obama) or Corrupt Crony Capitalism (Rubio)
they will choose Socialism every single time!

Is this hard for the brain dead CBC?

It’s the corruption, STUPID!

Jayrae on January 30, 2014 at 9:55 AM

I don’t know why anyone is acting like the GOP is going to pass any kind of immigration bill out of the House before November. They know that Latino voters don’t have the ability to influence enough districts to flip the House dem. Shouldn’t the GOP just shut up on the issue until they are forced to by the 2016 election?

Oh right. The GOP has been bought and sold by “free speech” from corporations who want cheap labor. Thanks Citizens United!

libfreeordie on January 30, 2014 at 10:05 AM

The reason, Mr. Rubio, that you shouldn’t attempt to pass ‘immigration reform’ is that, to you and your fellow members of the political class ‘immigration reform’ simply means amnesty for millions of illegal aliens who’ve willfully shattered federal immigration law, depressing wages and unfairly taking American jobs, in order to satisfy your big money donors…and that is contrary to the well being of the nation and working Americans and legal immigrants…and denigrates and erodes the rule of law.

In short, Mr. Rubio, amnesty for illegal aliens is contrary to a living wage, decent jobs, and upward mobility for American citizens and it destroys the rule of law and our legitimate immigration system.

thatsafactjack on January 30, 2014 at 10:29 AM

libfreeordie on January 30, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Those corporations who share the same interests and goals of the Democrat’s big money donors.

What a coincidence.

You know, you’re almost in the game. Too bad your prejudice and partisan proclivities keep you from seeing the other half of the field.

thatsafactjack on January 30, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Oh right. The GOP has been bought and sold by “free speech” from corporations who want cheap labor. Thanks Citizens United!

libfreeordie on January 30, 2014 at 10:05 AM

This problem with the GOPe has nothing to do with Citizen’s United, your talking point instructions notwithstanding. It has always been the problem with the GOP. When the rubber meets the road, it’s big business that will be hiring these guys after they leave office.

The only difference nowadays is the same is true for the Democrats.

I know you guys love yourselves tens of millions more socialist immigrants, but doesn’t your leadership selling out working people cause you even a little bit of consternation?

fadetogray on January 30, 2014 at 10:34 AM

What do you get when you mix an Imperial President, with a spineless Congress? A complete lack of faith that laws will be upheld.

Washington is beyond broken.

Hill60 on January 30, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Oh right. The GOP has been bought and sold by “free speech” from corporations who want cheap labor. Thanks Citizens United!

libfreeordie on January 30, 2014 at 10:05 AM

That’s the irony of it all, isn’t it? Once these people can come out of the shadows, once they gain citizen status – their appeal will be lost. No more payments under the table – no more picking up cheap labor at the corner, and paying them $25 a day to staff your lawn service. All the perks of hiring illegals will be gone.

Hill60 on January 30, 2014 at 10:45 AM

My Rep. has always been sane on the issue but I always keep calling to make sure she doesn’t go weak in the knees.
And I always request in my message that she pass along to Boehner and Ryan that there’s plenty of us that are convinced they’re both either crooked or are the two biggest blockheads the House has ever seen ….maybe both.

Call your House Rep. toll-free at 888-995-2085

lynncgb on January 30, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Talk squishy, but let your base know you are in favor of enforcing the law. How does Obama deal with the abortion issue? Does he even use the word abortion? There is no need for Republicans to even use the word deportation. Just say you are in favor of treating everyone fairly and humanely by enforcing our laws.

Wigglesworth on January 30, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Oh right. The GOP has been bought and sold by “free speech” from corporations who want cheap labor. Thanks Citizens United!

libfreeordie on January 30, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Halliburton Part-Owner George Soros could not be reached for comment.

Del Dolemonte on January 30, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Rubio, STFU!

The biggest impediment to passing immigration reform, hopefully, is that the MAJORITY of Americans in this nation do not WANT the immigration reform any of you are offering.

Decades ago we were right here, right where we are now – millions of Illegals in this country, no desire/intent on behalf of politicians to do anything to stop it, and their only answer being to give them Amnesty. Amnesty was given…and here we are right back to that point again.

Oh, you are right – Obama has escalated the problem by such actions as ordering Holder not to arrest, detail, file charges on, convict any illegal wo perpetrates any crime LESS THAN A FELONY – this is a ‘right’ American citizens do not have, by allowing them to receive benefits designed only for American citizens, etc…all that entice Illegals to come here. H@LL, tax payers are paying for ‘Food Stamp & Benefits education (how to file for them) IN MEXICO! WE ARE PAYING TO EDUCATE AND ENTICE ILLEGALS TO VIOLATE OUR IMMIGRATION POLICY AND COME HERE ILLEGALLY!

Amnesty is coming. The same problem now as then is there is no desire or intent to come up with and execute a plan to stop illegal immigration. Liberals see it as a never-ending supply of votes from people who will immediately sign up for evey benefit for which they are eligible and will vote to ensure no one ever takes the ‘free money’ away.

Decades, or less, from now we will lbe RIGHT BACK HERE again…

And the entire GOP should STFU about Obama’s LAWLESSNESS. He has violated the Constitution thousands of times, broken the law over and over, protected his criminal cabinet who has done so, and given the GOP more than adequate reason to IMPEACH him…and the only reason you and the GOP have forsaken your oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution and Rule of Law is because you are afraid of the rpercussions, that you may lose your own cushy jobs by actually doing the right thing!

Stop whining about it and DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!

easyt65 on January 30, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Oh right. The GOP has been bought and sold by “free speech” from corporations who want cheap labor. Thanks Citizens United!

libfreeordie on January 30, 2014 at 10:05 AM

So much stupid packed into that.

Monkeytoe on January 30, 2014 at 12:42 PM

I would hope that the biggest impediment to “immigration reform”-aka amnesty,would be the insistence of the American people that its government abide by the “rule of law”,that it encourages the creation of jobs for its citizens and not for those who invaded it without permission,and that its priority be the securing of our borders for the protection of the American people.Rise up America,rise up for the American worker,for our middle class,for fairness and security.Rise up and stop the greed of corporate pirates and their Chamber of Commerce lobbyists,who would destroy America for the almighty buck,and the socialist prgressives who would divide us by race and class.Rise up America,before it’s too late!

redware on January 30, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Buchanan: Push for Immigration Reform Will Spell End of Boehner’s Speakership
– Always folding and giving Obama what he wants
– Attacking the TEA Party / Conservatives for being against a plan that cut funding for military / Vet / Disabled Vet pensions & progams like Wounded Warrior

Ryan plan includes citizenship for illegals…– It was also Ryan’s Plan to cut funding for military / Vet / Disabled Vet pensions & progams like Wounded Warrior…
– …and NOW he wants to go against the will of the Majority of Americans to grant citizenship to Illegals, as well?!

COULTER: REPUBLICANS ON SUICIDE WATCH…
– Little to no difference seen between GOP & DNC…
– No attempt by GOP to establish & promote that difference
– No one Knows what GOP Stands For anymore
– No attempt to honor their oaths of office to protet/defend the Constitution & Rule of Law
– If Ryan pushes this Immigration Bill that calls for citizenship for illegals whatever was left of his chances for winning the GOP Nominee for 2016 Presidential election will be gone. He has already lost all but every bit of military/vet support after his budget deal that called for $crewing the military / vets / disabled vets!

easyt65 on January 30, 2014 at 2:43 PM

2008 – 2016: Era or Presidential Socialist Lawlessness & GOP impotence / cowardice

easyt65 on January 30, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Rubio said that the “fundamental” problem to passing immigration reform right now is skepticism on the right that the administration would enforce beefed up border security measures.

Bush interfered with border security big time, and he called the militiamen ‘vigilantes’, for monitoring and reporting border incursions

Bush also used the RINO GOP to get Arlen Specter re elected so he could stage the McCain amnesty runs, which included amnesty, and clemency for felons and gang members, as well amnesty for anyone who had a foot over the border on the day the law was to pass, which could be proven by a letter from a landlord stating the illegal was his tenant

Where is the fence?

Where is the credibility in the RINO GOP?

Rubio was a wolf in sheeps clothing. As soon as he got in, he was working with Zuckerberg/Ryan to propagandize that everyone agrees immigration is broken

Now Rubio is still pretending everyone agrees we need an immigration bill. He has no credibility to argue about credibility

A smart conservative-leaning friend who follows politics e-mailed me today after the Ryan post with a provocative question: What if all the Republican blather about passing amnesty to woo Latinos is nonsense that even they don’t believe?

Your friend might be on the up and up, but Rush already had a seminar caller today spreading that whopper. Rush let him hang himself. There will be more seminar callers like that ‘typical american’ (who did not handle the script well). They had the scripts ready for their shills

entagor on January 30, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Why do we need to do anything? It is NOT an either/or case of granting citizenship or deporting 10-20 million illegals. Why must we do anything? Deport them only when they break the law, otherwise let them “live in the shadows” without citizenship. Who cares? Why must we act to get them “out of the shadows?” They entered the shadows of their own free will! If they want sunshine, let them return home.

Colony14 on January 30, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Rubio: Obama’s lawlessness is the biggest impediment to passing immigration reform

Translation: Obama’s lawlessness is the biggest impediment to passing amnesty now, enforcement someday, maybe.

And let’s not forget that as far as immigration is concerned Obama didn’t start the lawlessness but just made it official policy.

Nomas on January 31, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Actually, the white American voter is the biggest impediment to passing illegal alien amnesty. Guys like Rubio has sacrificed his political ambitions in order to join the elitist club in D.C., but the average American won’t stand for any form of amnesty. The Commie-crats would not even go there when they controlled all three branches of government. None of them have the testicles to stand by law enforcement. Our entire federal government is corrupt and a disgrace to our Constitution and “we the people” are responsible.

IT WILL NEVER PASS!!!!!!!!!!!!

cajunpatriot on February 1, 2014 at 6:09 PM

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