Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) believes that President Barack Obama should capitulate to House Republicans on immigration reform after he “undermined” their effort to defund Obamacare.
During an interview Sunday, Fox News host Chris Wallace asked Rubio if the president would delay parts of any immigration reform law the way he has delayed parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
“Certainly, the president has undermined this effort because the way he’s behaved over the last three weeks,” Rubio said, referring to the government shutdown.
Rubio said the breach of trust that occurred when Obama undermined the efforts against Obamacare is reasonably making the GOP in the House unwilling to negotiate immigration reform with the president.
“You have a government and a White House … and what they say is ‘You’re going to pass an immigration law that has both some legalization aspect and some enforcement,’” Rubio said. “What’s not to say that this White House won’t come back and cancel the enforcement aspects of it?”
Rubio said the same House Republicans who used brinkmanship might have the best strategy for immigration reform.
“This notion that they’re going to get into a room and negotiate a deal with the president on immigration is much more difficult for two reasons,” he explained. “Number one, because the way the president has behaved towards his opponents over the last three weeks as well as the White House and the things that they’ve said and done. And number two, because what I have outlined to you. So, I certainly think that immigration reform is a lot harder to achieve today than it was just three weeks ago because of what’s happened here.”
“Again, I think the House deserves the time and space to have its own ideas on how they want to move forward on this, let’s see what they come up with,” he continued. “It could very well be much better than what than the Senate has done so far.”