Bill Kristol to Marco Rubio: Walk away from immigration reform

When an immigration liberal like Bill Kristol opposes the current immigration bill, then you know it’s not workable at all. And he’s now telling Marco Rubio to just walk away from it.

I can’t say I disagree one iota with that sentiment:

POLITICO – The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol has some advice for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on the Senate’s immigration reform bill: Walk away.

“He should walk away from it,” Kristol said Tuesday on “The Laura Ingraham Show.” “He should say, I made a good faith effort, but you know what, this is not a piece of legislation.”

“Think of the trust you have to have in bureaucracy to make all this work,” he said. “There’ll be certifications and border security, there’ll be tests of whether people paid back taxes. … If you like Obamacare, you should like this immigration bill. And I honestly think conservatives should oppose it on those grounds alone.”

Kristol said Republicans and the Florida senator should wait on tackling immigration until conditions are more favorable for the party — for example, in 2015, when he said there will be more Republicans in Congress or in 2017, when “perhaps there’s a Republican president.”

“I’m a liberal, as you know, on immigration reform. I was more liberal than you were, I think, in ’06, ’07. I’ve got to say, I couldn’t vote for this bill,” Kristol said. “I just don’t think it’s good conservative governance, and I don’t think there’s any need to compromise with Chuck Schumer and Barack Obama at this point. There’s no crisis.”


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