April 15th, 2013
08:33 AM ET

Opinion: Rubio's tough line on immigration makes sense

Editor's note: Ruben Navarrette is a CNN contributor and a nationally syndicated columnist with the Washington Post Writers Group. Follow him on Twitter: @rubennavarrette.

By Ruben Navarrette, CNN Contributor

San Diego (CNN) - Every gang needs a leader. And what has become undeniably clear in recent days is that the de facto leader of the Gang of Eight is Marco Rubio.

The Florida lawmaker, and potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, appeared on seven Sunday talk shows, discussing - in English and Spanish - the specifics of a comprehensive immigration reform bill that he hammered out with three other Senate Republicans and four Senate Democrats. The legislation is expected to be formally unveiled on Tuesday.

This means that, by Wednesday, just about everyone will be angry. Conservatives will declare the provisions of the bill too lenient, while Hispanics will condemn them as too punitive. Welcome to the immigration debate.

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  1. Texas Gal

    This movement of illegals taking over the US will never stop. In 20 years there will be another 60 million illegals demanding amnesty again. America will no longer be a land of immigrants but the land of illegals...

    April 17, 2013 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Checked_Other

    Many illegal immigrants come here knowing they'll get hired at the same labor job their cousin or brother already has. They send money back to family and travel back and forth over and over again. Since we can't possibly close off every linear foot of the border, this will continue to happen - unless small business owners stop hiring them!

    April 15, 2013 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |