Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio “knowingly misled the American people” during the 2013 Gang of Eight immigration fight, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Council President Chris Crane.
Crane, who represents all frontline ICE staff who enforce America’s immigration laws, said he fears the flawed immigration bill will return if Rubio is elected president.
“I think it’s clear that open borders and amnesty proponents are trying to buy their way into the White House. I think that if elected President, Sen. Rubio’s Gang of Eight bill will be reintroduced and this time it will pass. Voters beware,” he said.
He made his comments in an extensive interview with Breitbart News.
Rubio, for his part, dismissed Brietbart as reporting conspiracy theories and denigrated Crane as “the head of a union.”
Crane told Breitbart that during the drafting of Rubio’s immigration bill, Rubio “surrounded himself with big business and amnesty groups, most of which were more interested in cheap labor and their own political agendas, and had no real concern for the welfare of immigrants, public safety, or the security of our nation.”
“This while he ignored boots on the ground law enforcement officers who work within our broken immigration system every day and know better than any what’s needed to fix it,” Crane said.
Crane told Breitbart that although he met with Rubio and the senator promised to make changes in the bill to support law enforcement, the promises were hollow.
“All of his strong statements during our meeting about making the changes we suggested were apparently all just a dodge to get rid of me,” Crane said.
During Rubio’s efforts to pass the bill, “Law enforcement was treated like absolute trash,” Crane said. “Republicans and Democrats in the Gang of Eight saw law enforcement as the enemy. We were the only ones really positioned to tell America that their bill was one big lie that wouldn’t fix our immigration problems but make them worse.
“They did everything they could to keep us out of the picture and silent. Special interests on the other hand were treated like kings. It was all about money.”
Crane said that Rubio’s sales pitch for the bill ignored facts of which the senator was aware.
“In my opinion, Sen. Rubio absolutely knowingly misled the American people regarding the bill. He was not telling the American public the truth about what that bill contained. Every American will have to determine on their own what that says about his character, but for me, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to trust him again,” he said.