While they praise Rubio's initial intent, the editors are basically announcing they have given up on Rubio, stating "... conservatives looked hopefully to Rubio has their representative on the Gang of Eight, someone who would make sure its plan didn't turn out to be a call for de facto open borders. Early on, Rubio may well have seen that as his role. But he is now much less the conservative ambassador to the Gang of Eight than the Gang's ambassador to conservatives."

See this where the National Review mocked Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamTrump's DOJ gears up for crackdown on marijuana Business pressure ramps up against Trump's Ex-Im nominee Senators who have felt McCain's wrath talk of their respect for him MORE (R-S.C.) for the bill last week. And see here   where National Review mocked Sen. John McCainJohn McCainSenate healthcare bill appears headed for failure Trump backers eye GOP primary challenges for Flake, Heller Manchin bashes GOP candidate for pushing McCain to resign MORE (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 RyanPaul RyanGingrich, small biz to launch major tax cut campaign GOP divided over care for transgender troops Want bipartisan health reform? Make the debate honest again MORE 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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