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Marco Rubio’s border commission bamboozle

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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is in the middle of his second big talk radio push for his Gang of Eight immigration plan. The first push came in January, and Rubio was almost universally received well. Rubio will be on "The Rush Limbaugh Show" about 1 p.m. Thursday; on Wednesday he was a guest on "The Mark Levin Show." Here is how it went.

LEVIN: First of all we’re friends, and I want everyone to know that. … It’s one thing for you or others in Congress to make representations. You have the highest level of integrity of anyone that I’ve known. But you don’t execute this law. The president executes the law, the attorney general executes the law, and the law today they are not executing. They’re not building as much of the fence as they're supposed to build down there. We participated, my group Landmark Legal Foundation, we went all the way to the Supreme Court on some of these state laws. So, what makes anyone think that this administration is going to do a better job of enforcing this law?

RUBIO: Well, first of all, I actually think that is an argument for doing something. Because if we don’t do anything, then the status quo remains, which is that they won't do anything. You won't have E-Verify. In fact, I think it's possible that they could give legal status as they did with the Dream Act to qualificators, I mean to people that qualified under the Dream Act, they could do the same thing for millions of people more. Nothing stops them from doing that. This bill actually mandates that certain things happen.

Second, I think it's important to remind ourselves of the good news that Barack Obama will not be president forever. He’s got 3 1/2 years left, and then we’ll have a new president.

LEVIN: He can do enormous damage like he’s already done in the meantime.

RUBIO: Obviously, but here it's the point. This bill requires the full implementation of an E-Verify system. This bill requires the full implementation of an entry and exit system. By law. It requires it. It is not an option. It says you must fully implement a full entry and exit system, which is a big deal because 40 percent of the illegal immigrants in the country are people that came in legally and their visa expired and they didn’t leave. We don’t know who they are. And the third thing is that it requires if the Department of Homeland Security does not achieve 100 percent operational awareness and 90 percent apprehensions on the border, they lose control of the issue, to a commission, not a Washington commission, to a local commission, made up of the governors of the four border states, talking about Texas and Arizona, where they will then finish the job of securing the border, including the fencing plan.

After this exchange, Levin went on to do a decent job reminding listeners that Congress has mandated E-Verify and entry-exit systems before and nothing has happened. But he let Rubio get away with talking up the border commission as some kind of silver bullet to hold Obama accountable. It’s not. It’s a joke.

First of all, Rubio conveniently left Democratic Party-controlled California off the list of border states that would sit on the border commission. But more importantly, the border commission is a completely powerless waste of tax dollars. It has no authority to “finish the job of securing the border” in any way. Its only function is to produce a report and submit it to DHS, which can then throw it in the trash can. That’s it. That’s all it does.

Go and listen to the full Levin-Rubio interview here. It’s about 17 minutes. You’ll hear Rubio rely on the border commission to parry Levin’s questions on multiple occasions. We’ll see if Rush lets Rubio get away with his commission bamboozle today.

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