Yesterday, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) each introduced their own versions of mandatory E-Verify legislation. Freshman senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) is an original cosponsor of the Grassley bill.
Marco Rubio might have stayed out of the immigration debate in Florida but he definitely isn’t staying out of the national debate. After E-verify failed in Florida because of opposition from the business and Latino communities Marco Rubio is now throwing his support behind a bill that would nationalize and make mandatory that same program.
Florida Republican State Senator and farmer J.D. Alexander has direct experience with E-verify in his own company. He led the opposition to the state bill in April – because he thinks the program is flawed and “this E-verify system is far from perfect.” You would think Senator Marco Rubio would be able to come to the same conclusion. Instead, Rubio has become a go-along Washington insider over night and turned his back on the immigrant community that helped elect him in Florida – his own people – and supporting a 50% fail rate, big government E-verify program. Marco Rubio is throwing Hispanics under the bus in order to cozy up to anti-immigrant ‘leaders’ in Congress like Sen. Grassley and Rep. Lamar Smith.