Bill Kristol: Rubio 'Should Walk Away' From Immigration Bill

Image: Bill Kristol: Rubio 'Should Walk Away' From Immigration Bill

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 02:44 PM

By Lisa Barron

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Conservative journalist Bill Kristol is advising Sen. Marco Rubio to abandon the bipartisan immigration bill he helped write and push through the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday against heavy odds.

"He should walk away from it. He should say, 'I made a good faith effort, but you know what, this is not a piece of legislation,'" Kristol, the editor of The Weekly Standard, said Tuesday on the Laura Ingraham radio show.

Calling the bill drafted by the so-called Gang of Eight a "big government, liberal piece of legislation," Kristol said it will never work and that Congress could do better addressing immigration "issue by issue" in separate bills.

"Think of the trust you have to have in bureaucracy to make all this work. There’ll be certifications and border security, there’ll be tests of whether people paid back taxes," he said.

"If you like Obamacare, you should like this immigration bill. I honestly think conservatives should oppose it on those grounds alone," Kristol said.

"I couldn’t vote for this bill," he added. "I just don’t think it’s good conservative governance, and I don’t think there’s any need to compromise with [New York Democratic Sen.] Chuck Schumer and Barack Obama at this point. There’s no crisis."

Kristol called on Rubio and other lawmakers not to act on impulse and think that doing something "is better than doing nothing."

"Because once you legalize, you legalize. "It’s done . . . Once you cross the bridge, you can’t get back," he said.

Kristol advised Republicans not to tackle immigration reform until the party has a larger majority in Congress or until there's a Republican in the White House, perhaps in 2017.

"If you have to live with the status quo for a few years, then let's live with the status quo for a few years," he said.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Obamacare Architect Gruber Called to Testify Before Congress

Friday, 21 Nov 2014 15:25 PM

Controversial Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber has been called to testify about "repeated transparency failures and o . . .

Obama Borrowed Heavily From Bush 2006 Immigration Speech

Friday, 21 Nov 2014 13:29 PM

In his Thursday night address on immigration, President Barack Obama often cited previous presidents to justify taking e . . .

Russian Website Peeps Into US Homes Via Webcams, Baby Monitors

Friday, 21 Nov 2014 12:45 PM

A Russian-based website is snooping on thousands of homes, invading the most private of personal spaces, watching your b . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved