Rubio 'warmly' received in Port St. Lucie as modest protest staged against immigration plans
Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio continued his attempts to woo his own party on immigration reform tonight, telling 200 GOP activists at a fundraising dinner that failing to pass bipartisan legislation would amount to “de facto amnesty” for people in the country illegally.
Rubio was warmly received at the St. Lucie County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day dinner, although about two dozen protesters outside accused him of supporting amnesty in the legislation that he and other senators in a bipartisan “Gang of Eight” have drafted.
Rubio said before the dinner that he’s open to amendments and changes to the bill. “I never pretended that eight senators could come up with a piece of legislation that we could offer to everyone as a take-it-or-leave-it proposition,” Rubio said.
... Before Rubio spoke, members of the group Floridians for Immigration Enforcement protested Rubio’s support for immigration reform.
“I expended shoe leather and time and energy helping Marco Rubio become the senator in Florida and now he’s gone back on his campaign promises on amnesty,” said Ed Bender of Pompano Beach. “You want to call it a path to citizenship … the net result is people get to call themselves citizens on some level, and the reality of it is billions and billions of additional dollars that this country does not have to support new citizens.”