As a sweeping immigration reform bill draws closer to a vote, Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) is growing steadily more suspicious of Senator Marco Rubio’s (R-Fla.) intentions.
Rubio, one of the Gang of Eight in charge of drafting the bill, is working to soften right-wing conservatives in order to get the bill passed, but Rohrabacher says he won’t be one of them.
"Rubio is so mixed up and so confused," Rohrabacher said in an interview with World Net Daily. "I think he has given up his rightful place to advise any of us in Washington what to do, and he’s given up any right to be trusted by the American people."
Rohrabacher, specifically, disagrees with Rubio over legalization of immigrants already in the states and he is skeptical that Rubio is advocating enough for border security improvements. According to Rohrabacher, the bill is unlikely to amount to anything other than an amnesty bill, which Rohrabacher is vehemently against.
"This is just a lot of weasel words that Rubio and these people are throwing in," Rohrabacher said. "They’re going to legalize the status of people here illegally. Once they do that, that is an amnesty. And once they do that, there will be no border security improvements. It’ll all be a facade."
Rubio, however, is optimistic that he and the Gang of Eight will be able to achieve a sweeping reform bill that includes both more stringent border security measures as well as a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
“The legalization is going to happen,” Rubio said. “That means the following will happen: First comes the legalization. Then comes the measures to secure the border. And then comes the process of permanent residence.”
Despite Rohrabacher’s discontent, an immigration bill will undoubtedly make it to the floor soon. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has said that immigration reform is on top of his priority list and may not even wait until there is a Republican majority of support before introducing a bill on the floor.