Rubio: Gang Of Eight Bill Doesn’t Have 60 Senate Votes to Pass

Recently, ViralRead reported that Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) had predicted that the immigration reform bill didn’t have the required 60 votes to get past an expected filibuster. Now Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) says the same thing.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) doesn’t believe the Gang of Eight immigration bill – which he authored — has enough votes to break a possible filibuster on the Senate floor.

When asked on “Fox and Friends” Tuesday whether the bill has 60 “yes” votes, Rubio replied: “No, and I think even the Democrats would concede that.”

“There’s a few reasons for it, but one of the things we’ve learned over the last few weeks through the open process that happened through the committee process and all the public input that we’ve gotten is how little confidence people have that the federal government will enforce the law,” Rubio continued.

That last paragraph is the key.

The reason that so many people have so little confidence in enforcement of any future law might have to do with how poorly the existing laws are being enforced. Arizona tried to pass a law that would allow them to enforce the laws already on the books, and the state was roundly condemned for its effort by many in both parties.

Also, Congress has been down this ‘comprehensive immigration reform’ path before-when President Ronald Reagan signed a very similar bill into law in 1986. Even the Washington Post admits that the promised enforcement in the ’86 bill was ‘watered down’ and ‘flimsy.’ If the federal government couldn’t enforce the new law in ’86, one can reasonably be skeptical about its ability to enforce a similar law this time.

Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us twice, shame on us.

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