Florida Republican Senator Rubio has vowed to abandon the immigration bill if LGBT couples are included in the new provision.
“If this bill has something in it that gives gay couples immigration rights and so forth, it kills the bill. I’m done,” said Rubio, in an interview with Andrea Tantaros on her show. “I’m off it, and I’ve said that repeatedly. I don’t think that’s going to happen and it shouldn’t happen. This is already a difficult enough issue as it is.”
As co-author of the immigration bill, he would not be happy to see same-sex spouses from foreign countries obtaining a green card. Without Rubio’s support, it may not survive, as the bill has divided politicians.
Introduced by Vermont Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy during the Senate Judiciary Committee markup, he withdrew the bill when lawmakers of the Republican Party believed the bill would not pass.
“If the border situation is not improved in this bill, this bill won’t pass,” he said. “It won’t pass the Senate and it has no chance in the House. It won’t become a law and we’re wasting our time.”
Currently a bipartisan bill, it has its critics from different groups of religious, business and political groups stating that the bill would cause influential groups to “withdraw their support and kill the bill.”
The amendment is underway for a hearing by the Senate.