On The Laura Ingraham Show Tuesday morning, The Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol expressed his opposition to the “Gang of 8” bill and noted that Senator Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) “should walk away from it,” adding: “He should say ‘I made a good faith effort, but you know what, this is not a piece of legislation.'”
Calling the bill a “big government, liberal piece of legislation,” he explained why conservatives should oppose it:
I couldn’t vote for this bill. 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…. [The bill] is a huge… bureaucracy-creating, bureaucracy-trusting bill…. Think of the trust you have to have in bureaucracy to make all this work…. If you like ObamaCare, you should like this immigration bill. I honestly think conservatives should oppose it on those grounds alone.
Kristol warned, as Rep. Steve King (R-IA) (Iowa) also cautioned earlier this month, that legalization is something that cannot be undone: “[O]nce you legalize, you legalize. It’s done…. Once you cross the bridge, you can’t go back.”