How Republicans reacted when Obama’s immigration bill leaked
- Sen. Rubio “If actually proposed, the president’s bill would be dead on arrival in Congress, leaving us with unsecured borders and a broken legal immigration system for years to come.”
- Rep. Ryan “Leaking this out does set things in the wrong direction. By putting these details out without a guest worker program, without addressing future flow, by giving advantage to those who cut in front of the line…that tells us he’s looking for a partisan advantage and not a bipartisan solution.”
- Sen. McCain “There are groups in the House and Senate working together to get this done. and when he does things like this, it makes it much more difficult to do that. And that’s why I think this particular move - very counterproductive.”
- Sen. Paul “I will support it on one condition: That we have a report that says the borders are being secured … (it has to be) a report and comes back and is voted on in Congress. I won’t do it on a promise from President Obama, that he will secure the borders.” source
By the way, it’s worth noting that the bill is intended as a backup plan, in case members of Congress fail to come to a bipartisan solution on the issue.”We’re doing exactly what the president said we would do last month … which is we’re preparing. We’re going to be ready,” said White House Chief of staff Denis McDonough.