The Gang of Eight amnesty bill grants legal status to illegal aliens before border security is in place. Even Sen. Marco Rubio admitted it:

In a Spanish-language interview Sunday with the network Univision, Sen. Marco Rubio, the leading Republican on the Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform group, made his strongest statement yet that legalization of the nation’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants must happen before any new border security or internal enforcement measures are in place, and will in no way be conditional on any security requirements.

“Let’s be clear,” Rubio said. “Nobody is talking about preventing the legalization. The legalization is going to happen. That means the following will happen: First comes the legalization. Then come the measures to secure the border. And then comes the process of permanent residence.”

But that’s not what the New York Times said this morning recently:

The bill also mandates tough border security provisions that must be in place before the immigrants can gain legal status.

Mickey Kaus finds it hard to believe Times reporters Ashley Parker and Jonathan Weisman would make such a basic error at this late stage of the debate:

Parker has described the legislation accurately in the past.

Maybe Weisman is the one who blew it.