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One other eight-man gang? Congressional Republicans Attend Immigration Occasion

Six Republican Congressmen will attend an “immigration reform” event Thursday hosted by the American Business Immigration Coalition (ABIC).

Event to promote “non-partisanship in immigration reform”

The ABIC billed the event this week to “build bipartisan immigration reform” and said efforts to do so are “more important than ever”.

Attendees can hear from “elected leaders on the way forward in 2021”.

Six Republican Congressmen will attend the event: Senators Marco Rubio, Thom Thillis and Susan Collins, and Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart and Will Hurd. Four Democratic Senators will also be in attendance: Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin, Bob Menendez and Chris Coons.

As such, conservatives could be reminded of the Gang of Eight, which originally included Rubio, Menendez, Schumer and Durbin, who pushed for amnesty under President Obama in 2013.

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Rubio’s office denies attending an event to promote amnesty

While the website argues that the event is intended to advance immigration reform, Marco Rubio’s office denied that his attendance had anything to do with that agenda.

“This is literally false news,” tweeted Rubio’s chief of staff Mike Needham in response to an article by Breitbart about the event.

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“We are giving a taped video of the need to renew the paycheck protection program.” The PPP has helped American families during the coronavirus pandemic.

This is literally false news. We are giving a recorded video of the need to renew the paycheck protection program. https://t.co/fc8uGzksqB

– Michael Needham (@MikeNeedham) December 2, 2020

“Rubio has not participated in any immigration discussions,” said a Rubio spokesman.

“He sent a video message about the need to restart the paycheck protection program that is currently being blocked by Democratic leaders in Congress.”

At the time of writing, it is unclear why the other Republicans are attending the event or why Senator Rubio made comments on PPP at an event allegedly related to immigration.

Politically, Joe Biden has made it clear that mass amnesty for illegal immigrants will be a priority for his first 100 days.

“I will commit in the first 100 days. I will send the Senate an immigration bill with a route to citizenship for over 11 million undocumented people in America,” Biden vowed during an NBC interview last week.

Biden: I’ll reverse Trump’s immigration, the climate is moving; Leave Sanders-Warren in the Senate https://t.co/XrUPsTvRYk pic.twitter.com/JU3zAF9DnZ

– New York Post (@nypost) November 25, 2020

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