Immigrations and Customs Enforcement union president Chris Crane asked Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., to leave the gang of eight senators who are negotiating the immigration reform, arguing that the bill does not secure the border.
“I would then respectfully call on Senator Rubio to follow through on his commitment to the American people—and his pledge to accomplish enforcement before legalization—and to leave the Gang of 8,” Crane said in a statement today.
Crane believes that a comment made by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., proves that the bill does not meet the border security standards that Rubio set as a necessary condition for his participation.
“So look, we’ve come to a basic agreement, which is that first, people will be legalized,” Schumer said on Meet the Press on April 2. “In other words, not citizens, but they’ll be allowed to work, come out of the shadows, travel. Then, we will make sure the border is secure.”
Rubio is “all in” to defend the bill, a Democratic aide told Politico. He’s doing a media tour on Sunday as part of the bipartisan group’s immigration roll-out.
“We want everyone to know as much of what’s in the bill as possible, and we will use every opportunity we have to communicate that,” Rubio said.