In a column published late Wednesday, conservative author Ann Coulter ripped Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) for his support of the “Gang of Eight” immigration reform bill.
“When Republicans start lying like Democrats, you can guess they are pushing an idea that’s bad for America,” Coulter wrote in a piece headlined: “If Rubio’s Amnesty is So Great, Why Is He Lying?”
“During his William Ginsburg-like tour of the Sunday talk shows last weekend, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) was the Mount Vesuvius of lies about his immigration bill,” Coulter continued.
Coulter quoted Rubio from Fox News Sunday, explaining his border security enforcement mechanism – something she described as a “merely meaningless goal.”
“Basically, Homeland Security will have five years to meet that goal,” Rubio said on Fox. “If after five years, Homeland Security has not met that number, it will trigger the Border Commission, who will then take over this issue for them.”
Coulter rejected this explanation entirely. “So the water torture awaiting the Department of Homeland Security if it fails to secure the border is … ANOTHER GOVERNMENT COMMISSION WILL BE CREATED!” Coulter snarked, “Take that, Homeland Security! Ha — we have you now! The only thing more frightening than ‘another government commission’ is a ‘strongly worded letter.'”
As Breitbart News has detailed, according to the Gang of Eight themselves, that commission only has six months to draft a report on border security if the Department of Homeland Security fails, and if the commission does not meet the 180 day deadline, the plan goes right back to the Department of Homeland Security.
Coulter argued that Rubio offers no way to keep illegal immigrants off of welfare programs. “In California — which will be America if Rubio’s plan goes through — 82 percent of households headed by an illegal immigrant are on welfare, as are 61 percent of households headed by legal immigrants, according to the March 2011 Current Population Survey by the Center for Immigration Studies,” Coulter wrote. “If you think Republicans are Hispandering now, wait until the children of 20 million illegal aliens start to vote. Rubio’s amnesty isn’t just bad for America, it’s the end of America.”
After Rubio’s tour of seven Sunday news shows this weekend, he has engaged in another charm offensive this week. He has been appearing on conservative talk radio and courting major conservative leaders about this bill since it was released. Most of the conservative hosts have been sharply skeptical toward Rubio. He has clearly not gotten to Coulter, but only time will tell if other stalwarts in the conservative media will trust his arguments as the details of the bill keep seeping out.