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Sarah Palin blasts Marco Rubio and 'amnesty supporters'



Add Sarah Palin to the list of conservative figures no longer in love with Marco Rubio.

The 2008 vice presidential running mate wrote today on Facebook:

"It’s beyond disingenuous for anyone to claim that a vote for this bill is a vote for security. Look no further than the fact that Senator Rubio and amnesty supporters nixed Senator Thune’s amendment that required the feds to finally build part of a needed security fence before moving forward on the status of illegal immigrants who’ve already broken the law to be here. And if shooting down the border fence wasn't proof enough, they blew another chance by killing Senator Paul’s “Trust But Verify” amendment which required the completion of a fence in five years and required Congress to vote on whether the border is actually secure before furthering any immigration measures. And then they blew it yet again, nixing Senator Cornyn’s “Results” amendment, which also required border enforcement standards. Now the Senate’s pro-amnesty crowd is offering a fig leaf to security via the Corker-Hoeven Amendment, but this is really nothing more than empty promises. It’s amnesty right now and border security… eh, well, someday."

The Senate is poised later today to give preliminary approval to the Corker-Hoeven amendment, setting up final passage of the bill later this week. But there are growing signs that Rubio, a leading figure in the immigration debate, is paying a political cost. A Rasmussen robo poll released today found his favorability among Republican voters nationawide has dropped 10 points, to 58 percent, since May, and 15 points since February.

Rubio has taken pains to explain why the bill is necessary, and wrote today for Human Events:

"In a perfect world, these measures would not even be necessary. In a perfect world, the federal government would have spent the previous decades enforcing our laws and keeping its promises of securing the border. But our immigration system as we know it is far from perfect. In fact, it’s painfully and dangerously broken," Rubio wrote.

"I understand the American people’s frustration. I know that these promises have been made in the past. But here’s the reality of it: the choice before us is to try to fix this, or leave it way it is and risk an even bigger problem due to Washington’s inaction. What we have today is a disaster of epic proportions. Eleven million human beings living among us, and we don’t know who they are. They are working but not paying taxes. There are criminals among them. That has to be solved. We need to fix this, and this is our chance to fix it."

[Last modified: Monday, June 24, 2013 3:37pm]

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