Decades of GOP immigration frustration fuel border deal opposition

To get a feel for why the Senate’s bipartisan border proposal is a nonstarter for so many House Republicans, turn to a dissenting GOP senator.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) penned an op-ed saying a bipartisan deal is “unrealistic” under President Joe Biden, whom Rubio contends has given “no indication of being serious” on the issue.

Rubio was a member of the Gang of Eight, the last group of bipartisan senators to push an immigration pact under former President Barack Obama

That legislation was far more sweeping than anything proposed by Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) and friends. It also upended the 2016 Republican presidential race, helping to sink Rubio’s campaign and allow a reality TV star to run as the base’s champion on immigration.

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