Byron York: The facts on Rubio, Cruz, and immigration
Dec 24, 2015 5:12 AM
The Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform bill passed the Senate after a series of votes in June 2013. Democrats, who controlled the Senate at the time, unanimously supported the bill, while most Republicans opposed it. The four Republicans on the gang -- Marco Rubio, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Jeff Flake -- of course voted for it, and also agreed with Democrats on a plan to kill almost all GOP amendments. Then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid allowed just a handful of amendments to reach the Senate floor. One, from Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, would have prohibited the legalization of illegal immigrants in the United States until after the administration could prove it had maintained "effective control" of the borders for six months.