Rubio not a fav of immigration enforcers

Thursday, September 3, 2015
| Chad Groening (


An immigration enforcement group is hoping to boot Marco Rubio from the Senate and replace him with someone who opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants.
Rubio – one of 17 Republicans hoping to be the party's standard bearer in next year's presidential election – is also up for re-election to the Senate in 2016. Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) puts him near the top of a list of legislators it is targeting because of their support for amnesty. ALIPAC president William Gheen says his group is working to find someone to challenge Rubio in the primary next year.
"Marco Rubio is one of the better-known amnesty supporters due to his very vocal support and leadership in passing through the Senate [S.B.] 744," says Gheen, "which would have put over 12 to 20 million illegal immigrants on a pathway to citizenship where they would then begin dominating U.S. elections and federal and state employment jobs."

Gheen says people would be surprised at some of the names on the list. "People are quite shocked to find out that supposedly conservative congressmen like Darryl Issa and Pete Sessions and others ... have been documented actually supporting amnesty for illegal immigrants, he says, "just like Rubio, just like Obama, [and] just like Eric Cantor who we helped throw out of office in 2014."
The ALIPAC leader says all Democrats support amnesty, so the group is encouraging all voters who oppose amnesty to vote against them.
An 'idea' not worth bringing up?
Rubio's not the only GOP presidential hopeful being scrutinized for his stance on immigration. A Wisconsin-based watchdog believes Scott Walker made a gaff during an interview Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" when he suggested that a fence could be erected along the Canadian border.
Walker caught some flak after suggesting it as a legitimate issue that merits further review. Matt Kittle, an investigator for Wisconsin Watchdog, tells OneNewsNow that Walker's suggestion could be problematic – particularly after a tough August for the Wisconsin governor on the campaign trail.
"This is just the continuation of a series of issues that he's dealing with as he stretches out his campaign and he begins to perhaps speak off the cuff a little bit more so that he can make some impact against, quite frankly, Donald Trump," observes Kittle. "But yes, it's been a tough month."
After being considered a top-tier candidate earlier in the year, Walker has since fallen further behind Trump in polling and lost ground to other candidates with no government experience, namely retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and former technology executive Carly Fiorina.
Kittle points out that Walker's comment wasn't a policy proclamation, though. "He didn't say let's drive this idea home – he said it's an idea worth exploring," explains the political watchdog. "But there are a lot of political strategists out there who are saying that's probably not an idea that we need to say should be an idea."