Florida Senator Marco Rubio seems to have made many of his constituents very unhappy. On Thursday afternoon, a group of about 40 Miami residents staged a sit-in at Sen. Rubio's office to protest against proposed changes to the bipartisan immigration reform bill in the Senate.
According to the Huffington Post, protestors asked Rubio if he is "working for the interests of Floridians who according to polls support immigration reform, or the extreme elements of his own party." Rubio is one of the eight who drafted the reform bill.
The sit-in was protesting an amendment to the bill, referred to by protestors as the "poison pill" amendment which was written by Sen. John Cornyn and co-wrote by Rubio, that would require rigid and costly border security triggers to be met before undocumented immigrants could begin a path to citizenship.
"The Cornyn amendment … would subject immigrants to a 'trigger' that is unworkable – period," said an unnamed Senate aide. “This effort to make the pathway to citizenship unattainable is a bridge too far and it undermines a key principle of the reform bill. We must have a clear and direct path to citizenship. We want undocumented immigrants to pay their fines, pay their taxes, keep their noses clean and earn the path to citizenship. What we can’t do is subject 11 million people to a standard that is not workable and cannot be achieved by their own efforts."
One sit-in protestor named Saul Aleman, arrived at Sen. Rubio's office wearing a t-shirt that said "[U]NDOCU[ME]NTED."
"A lot of people are ready to become citizens," Aleman said. "A lot of people have been here contributing to the economy, contributing to the community, being involved with the churches, being involved in school, being valedictorians, and they can't be pushed aside any more."
During an interview with Univision on Friday, Rubio said that he is "100 percent committed to the immigration issue."