Immigration push prompts political posturing, say partisan rivals

Some polls show amnesty and increased immigration are very unpopular among GOP supporters, who prefer small-scale immigration reforms that reduce immigration of low-skilled workers. (RELATED: Some immigration groups say polls are all wrong)

The GOP’s supporters are critical, not least because they can reject Rubio during future primary elections, but also be cause they can choose not to vote for him if he runs for president. In the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, turnout for the GOP candidates tanked in critical Midwest states.

This week, the Federation for American Immigration Reform put out an anti-Rubio petition. “Senator Rubio needs to hear that his support for a ‘pathway to citizenship’ is wrong,” said the petition.

Outside the GOP, there’s a broad public skepticism towards amnesty and increased worries about the economy.

An amnesty would increase federal welfare spending as the national debt grows past $16 trillion, increase competition for jobs while roughly 20 million Americans are unemployed or underemployed, and likely reduce low-skill workers’ wages when wages are already falling for everyone except those at the very top.