See this where the National Review mocked Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) for the bill last week. And see here where National Review mocked Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) as lost in a "fantasy" for the idea that Latino voters would ever become Republicans. "Low income households headed by single mothers and dependent on some form of welfare are not looking for an excuse to join forces with Paul Ryan and Pat Toomey," was one of the standout sentences from its op-ed titled "A Pointless Amnesty." Note for the record that Ryan is on board and pushing reform hard on the House side.
Meanwhile, Rubio is out with his own push today in The Wall Street Journal in which he acknowledges numerous times how many critics have identified shortcomings and loopholes in his bill and made it stronger. He even outlines how many more changes he believes the bill could and should receive when it is marked up next week. But he warns critics of reform will never support it and will introduce new concerns for every one reformers attempt to satisfy. "They have a long list of complaints but typically they never offer a solution of their own," Rubio wrote.
As I noted in my column last week, the immigration firing squad is just getting started, and they will save their fiercest fire power for the end. They want security first and reform later — never at the same time. Any bill that couples them both is a target, no matter how many improvements are made.
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