Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin gave it to Sen. Marco Rubio with both barrels Thursday, accusing the Florida senator of “craven” capitulation in his argument that Republicans need to pass immigration reform before President Obama takes action on his own.
“To argue to conservatives who believe in limited government that we should pass this massive amnesty monstrosity because Obama is going to do it anyway smacks of the worst kind of political expedience,” Malkin said on “Fox & Friends.”
“He’s dug himself into a hole and he can’t get himself out,” Malkin said. “So he has resorted to rather desperate, silly, and, may I add, craven rationales for sticking with his disaster.”
Rubio, a chief sponsor of the reform package that passed the Senate but is bottled up in the House, said in a Tuesday morning interview with WFLA’s “The Morning Show with Preston Scott,” that Obama’s abused executive orders before and will do it again.
“I believe that this president will be tempted, if nothing happens in Congress, to issue an executive order as he did for the Dream Act kids a year ago, where he basically legalizes 11 million people by the sign of a pen,” Rubio said.
That will cut out Republican efforts to make conservative issues like border security and cracking down on hiring illegals, Rubio said.
Malkin said that argument doesn’t hold water.
“It’s, ‘we need to pass something because Republicans need to take credit for something that everybody knows that Obama’s going to selectively enforce anyway,'” she said. “That’s called giving up.”
And Malkin wasn’t buying it.
“You should go down fighting with every last breath and try and persuade people that instead of legalizing millions of illegal aliens and continuing this same pattern that we should put a halt to it once and for all and do the right thing,” she said.
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