Sen. Marco Rubio has been repeating for weeks that the immigration reform bill drafted by the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” would deny anyone here illegally entitlements such as welfare, food stamps or Obamacare. One who has actually read the bill disagrees.
When Rubio went on his whirlwind talk show tour a few weeks back, he told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace, “[T]hey don’t qualify for any federal benefits… This is an important point. No federal benefits, no food stamps, no welfare, no Obamacare. They have to prove they’re gainfully employed. They have to be able to support themselves, so they’ll never become a public charge.”
Thus met with CNBC’s Larry Kudrow’s approval, who tweeted:
Since then, the entire Rubio team has touted this provision in the bill.
Rubio Chief of Staff Cesar Conda tweeted this claim to everyone who would listen:
Now for the rest of the story. Former New York Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey possessed both the stamina and the wherewithal to actually read to 800-plus-page immigration reform bill, and she says it stinks to high heaven.
She wrote the following in Investors Business Daily Wednesday:
Sen. McCain announced on April 9 that the bill’s authors “do not intend to have the proposals that we are enacting be additional costs to the taxpayers of America.” That’s outrageously untrue.
So is Rubio’s claim that illegal immigrants granted provisional status will “have to be able to support themselves, so they’ll never become a public charge.” The Senate bill does say that, citing the never-enforced Section 212(a)(4).
But the bill also waives that requirement for anyone who is unemployed, in job-training, getting a high school or GED diploma, younger than 21 or older than 60, taking care of a child or attending college (pp. 99-102).
That covers everyone. To stay in this country as a provisional and qualify for a green card in 10 years, you need to be working — except if you’re not.
But wait! There’s more!
McCaughey reported in the same article that “Shockingly, the bill also would put left-wing community organizations in charge of educating immigrants about citizenship — a blatant attempt to herd future voters into the Democratic Party.”
On Apr. 17, conservative columnist Ann Coulter asked, “If Rubio’s amnesty is so great, why is he lying?” She’s not the only person asking that question.
H/T the Twitchy Team.
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