The continuing dust-up that started over the weekend between the White House and Senator Rubio over immigration is just political theater. The administration leaked a draft immigration bill which is identical to the Schumer/Rubio proposal in the only respect that matters -- both would give legal status -- a kind of green-card-lite -- on day one to the illegal population, providing them work cards, Social Security numbers, driver's licenses, etc. But there was one difference: the Obama draft did not include the "triggers" that are in Schumer/Rubio -- enforcement benchmarks that would have to be satisfied before the amnestied illegal aliens move from green-card-lite to full green card status (which would allow application for citizenship after a number of years).
That essentially meaningless difference allowed Rubio to denounce the Obama draft bill, making it seem as though support for the Schumer/Rubio version of amnesty was a way to express opposition to the White House. Mickey Kaus called this double kabuki: The White House shows solidarity with its leftist supporters by not making citizenship for illegals be contingent on enforcement goals, and pro-amnesty Republicans like Rubio and Ryan "get to posture by denouncing the President’s draft ... thereby earning themselves seeming-tough-on-illegals street cred that might serve them well when they sell out by endorsing an instant-legalization compromise".
This phony controversy is so transparent that observers both on the left and on the right have been mocking it. I don't want to sound conspiratorial, but it wouldn't surprise me if Rubio's chief of staff, Cesar Conda (who formerly did immigration for Spence Abraham and John McCain), and the head of the White House Domestic Policy Council, Cecilia Munoz (who formerly did immigration for the National Council of La Raza), worked this thing out between them without telling their respective bosses.