Bobby Jindal comes out against Senate immigration overhaul

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) has come out against the Senate immigration overhaul compromise, arguing that there's too much pork in the deal.

Louisiana Gov. Governor Bobby Jindal addresses the Nebraska Republican convention in Grand Island, Neb., Saturday, July 14, 2012 (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
FILE: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal  (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

In a National Review editorial, Jindal calls for reform that secures the border, includes a pathway to citizenship as well as a guest-worker program, and eases barriers to legal immigration.

While the Senate legislation is designed to meet all of those goals, Jindal deems it " another thousand-page bill full of pork, regulations, and new powers for bureaucrats to manage the economy."

Aside from complaints about pet projects in the "Gang of Eight" bill, Jindal's main disagreement is in letting federal officials certify that border security goals have been met. Instead, he argues, Congress and border-state governors should get to decide.

Coming out in favor of reform but against the Senate bill puts Jindal in the same position as Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has said the House legislation will be "similar" to the Senate bill but fix some issues. All three could end up running in the 2016 presidential election in a primary with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who helped write the "Gang of Eight" bill.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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