Marco Rubio Faces Commenter Wrath On "Gang Of 8" Immigration Bill

by
Owen Poindexter
Marco Rubio, for all his hipness, seems a little naive about internet comments sections. Naive or brave, but either way, he invited and received a torrent of negative comments on the "Gang of Eight" immigration bill that he has become the face of.

Marco Rubio, for all his hipness, seems a little naive about internet comments sections. Naive or brave, but either way, he invited and received a torrent of negative comments on the "Gang of Eight" immigration bill that he has become the face of. Rubio badly wants a big legislative victory that he can wave around as a 2016 Presidential candidate to show that he is a guy that works across the aisle and gets things done. He also doesn't want to be a footnote on the bill: he has become its most vocal proponent.
 
Now, Rubio is realizing the conundrum he is in: the bill is great for Republicans, but at least half the party hates it. Passing this bill in a bipartisan way would let the Republicans say that they care just as much as Democrats about the immigrant community, while strengthening the border, and making it at least 12 years before any illegal immigrant in the country casts a vote. That's why it's a big win for the GOP, who needs to do something to start bringing Latinos and Asians back into their party.

However, there is a large percentage of Republican voters who don't like this bill at all because they don't want undocumented immigrants to ever achieve citizenship. These voters feel that these immigrants broke the law, and a pathway to citizenship would be a reward for this transgression. "Amnesty," they call it, and it's a dirty word to them. These people are letting Rubio know just how they feel:

This Amnesty bill is awful and you should back away from it as you promised you would.

The enforcement provisions are a sham, which you said had to be real to get your support. If Congress is serious about security, then do it first in a separate bill and look at the results - I'll wait and so will all the illegals.

The refugee sections must be stripped out of the bill. If Obama can admit anyone because he says it's in the "national interest" then just about anybody becomes a "refugee". Who wrote this bill, SEIU?

I am appalled that you would associate yourself with the likes of Schumer and Durbin, who hate America and wish to take over using an imported, impoverished electorate. You are naive or just another RINO. Jump before you go down with McCain and Graham.

RINO, for the uninitiated, means Republican In Name Only. You get that label if you fail the far-right's ever stricter loyalty test.

No way. Enforce the laws that are on the books now. You do this, you won[t get any votes from me. I will vote for the person who runs against you.
Hold the line against Democrats and Rinos. Don't let them play you like a FOOL.
 
News flash: Illegal immigrants are invaders:

First and foremost these people are INVADERS IMMIGRANT ARE LEGAL.

SECOND: FIRST CLOSE THE GATES; KICK OUT CRIMINALS AFTER THOSE 2 THINGS ARE COMPLETELY FINISHED - THEN MAYBE DISCUSS SOME OF THE INVADERS BUT I AM MOSTLY AGAINST THAT.

NO HANDOUTS-PERIOD
 
Here is one of many commenters who said that there is only one action to take on this bill: kill it.
Withdraw the bill. That is the only "improvement" that makes financial, cultural and environmental sense. Oh yeah, and co-sponsor mandatory E-Verify effective immediately with additional funds to expand access. Give ICE back it's authority for interior enforcement and stop letting criminal illegal aliens back on our streets.
 
Amidst the over 250 Rubio's staff has posted (yes, all these comments were vetted for profanity and abuse first, if not for spelling errors), there were hints of sanity:
We've got millions of people living in the shadows. That is bad for the economy and worse for security.

Most of the immigrants are hard working, good people. Most of them are parents, husbands, daughters, friends and good neighbors to U.S. citizens.

Violating immigration laws is wrong. So now we have a choice. I say we as Americans simply choose to embrace the millions of tempest tossed who have good records here. It is our choice.

Senator Rubio, do not fear the ugly backlash. Have courage and take heart. This is about our families, our neighborhoods, our people. Choose the straight-A kid who was brought here as a baby. Choose the guys who break their backs in our fields and yards. For once, just once, choose the people over the politics. You can do it; we can do it.

Sincerely, U.S. born & human 'til the end.
I find all of this ultimately disheartening, because it shows why good immigration reform isn't likely to come out of congress, but the silver lining is that the 2016 GOP contest for the presidential nominee should be fascinating.
Carbonated.TV