Google News ran this as its top story. It featured a photo of Republican Senator John McCain shaking hands with Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer. The headline announced Rand Paul’s opposition.
This is a big story for the moment. The House of Representatives has not yet sent the bill back to the Senate with a postmark: “Return to Sender.” It is the story of how 14 Republicans in the Senate voted for the “Future Democrat Majorities Law.”
McCain, elected by the voters of Arizona has once again voted for a bill that will open the borders even more. He may think that this bill, if voted into law, will share the flow by letting more immigrants into California, New Mexico, and Texas. He is correct. It will.
Rand Paul is getting publicity as the opponent of the bill. There were other opponents, but he gets the headlines. This will help build his voter base in the Republican Right. Marco Rubio’s support of the bill will force a showdown in 2016. Will Republican conservatives support Rubio, despite their opposition to amnesty for illegal aliens and a fast track to citizenship for them? Rubio campaigned against this in 2010. Now he has publicly reversed his position.
We will see if House Republicans want to join this alliance. We will see if they get behind this Obama-supported bill. He says he will sign it if it reaches his desk. House Republicans can keep this from happening. Will they? I think so. So do most other analysts.
Most voters oppose this bill. They want a stronger border before amnesty. The Senate did not pay any attention to what their constituents want. I think the House will.