Sensing the wounds of betrayal beginning to fester among many within the conservative base -- his biggest fans and strongest advocates over the last three years -- Sen. Marco Rubio has personally penned a "Dear Friends" letter to try to assuage their concerns about both his intentions and the contents of the bill he helped craft. Rubio calls the immigration reform effort "a real trial" for him, expressing regret that many of his natural allies are furious with him for his role in the 'Gang of Eight.' The full letter is available HERE. A few excerpts, via NRO:
We don't need immigration, of course. If we were to end it tomorrow and get serious about the illegal variety our country would benefit immensly. Immigration levels should be tied to certain benchmarks such as the unemployment rate. If it gets below a certain threshold then we could allow in a certain number, and even then it should only be the best and the brightest. As things stand now, immigration levels are basically uncapped and not tied to any real need -- and our crazy politiicans want to increase it even more! Do companies just start hiring employees without any need for those hires? Why should our country be any different. The persistently high unemployment rate tells us that we don't have a need for any more right now.
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