Sen. Marco Rubio
Sen. Marco Rubio


Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-Fla.) support for a "comprehensive immigration reform" bill that offers amnesty to most of the nation's 11-18 million illegal aliens has him at odds with an unlikely foe - the Tea Party. Tea Party activists held protests at all of his Florida offices earlier this week, and Sen. Rubio and the Tea Party Patriots have gotten into a war of words over the last few days.

In a press release, the Tea Party Patriots wrote, "Not only might the legislation be bad policy, it has already gone outside of the normal process."

Sen. Rubio responded to the group writing, "First, there is absolutely no truth to the idea that I will support any immigration legislation that is rushed through Congress in typical Washington fashion."

"Already, I have fought and continue to fight to secure commitments for greater transparency through committee hearings and mark-up sessions that will allow senators on the Judiciary Committee ample opportunities to review and amend any immigration legislation before it is considered by the full Senate for additional debate and scrutiny. As a result, not only has the Judiciary Committee agreed to delay its first hearing on this issue, it has agreed to add an additional one next week."

The Tea Party Patriots fired back to Sen. Rubio's attempt to reach out to the group.

"He may be aware of details in the bill but the rest of the Senators, and certainly the American public, are not," Tea Party Patriots Founder Jenny Beth Martin said. "He thinks he may be thoroughly educated on how the sweeping legislation will affect every facet of our lives, and on the consequences of his proposed changes, but he cannot be. It's simply too large an undertaking for him to have already fully analyzed all of the ramifications of this bill." 

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Updated: Thu, Apr 18th 2013 @ 10:05am EDT