Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council President Chris Crane revealed new and ugly facts about Sen. Marco Rubio that could throw a serious monkey wrench in the senator’s momentum the day before South Carolinians vote.
In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, Crane detailed a meeting he had with Sen. Rubio before he introduced the “Gang of Eight” bill in which, he claims, Rubio agreed to make significant changes to the bill but ultimately made none.
Rubio only took the meeting with him last-minute after Greta Van Susteren and Mike Huckabee’s shows on Fox News applied pressure, Crane said.
The former Marine said Rubio wouldn’t allow him to bring anyone with him even though he “had what appeared to be his entire staff in his office.”
“All of his strong statements during our meeting about making the changes we suggested were apparently all just a dodge to get rid of me. It quickly became obvious why he didn’t permit me to take anyone with me to the meeting— he didn’t want any witnesses,” Crane told Breitbart.
Crane detailed a press conference to promote the bill at which Rubio and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. were present where he tried to ask a question and was escorted out by security while he was being heckled by pro-amnesty supporters.
He said Rubio looked right at him but did nothing to stop him from being kicked out, though he did admit that later Rubio said he shouldn’t have been removed.
But the council president’s biggest concern, he said, was how the “Gang of Eight” bill legalized criminal illegal aliens, in particular street gangs.
“Protection from deportation, a type of de facto amnesty, came almost immediately as the first step in a much broader amnesty like process provided in the bill. There was no real promise of border security in the bill, and the bill provided nothing for interior enforcement, but instead made legalization of criminal aliens and gang members a priority,” he told Breitbart.
“It disgusts me,” he added. “Violent street gangs were literally able to lobby Sen. Rubio and the Gang of Eight more effectively than law enforcement, they had more influence on the bill than we did. Gangs were able to get provisions in the law to protect themselves. It’s absolutely insane. What on earth are our lawmakers thinking? I think it’s this type of utterly stupid lawmaking that has caused most Americans to lose faith in Congress.”
Read the entire interview here.
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