Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), along with seven Republican and Democratic colleagues Monday, released what they called a “tough but fair” immigration-reform plan to tighten border security, increase guest-worker permits and give a pathway to citizenship for millions of those who are unlawfully in the country.
The five-page plan from the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” contains most of the key concepts Rubio touted over the past month, winning support from conservative commentators. The senators, still working on the ever-important specifics, want to draft legislation by March and vote on it by August.
The most-controversial proposal: giving a pathway to residency — and even citizenship — to many of the estimated 11 million immigrants unlawfully in the United States. An estimated 825,000 live in Florida.
After the Gang of Eight bill failed, Rubio backtracked:
“You have 10 or 12 million people in this country, many of whom have lived here for longer than a decade [and] have not otherwise violated our law other than immigration laws. I get all that,” Rubio said.
“But what I’ve learned is you can’t even have a conversation about that until people believe and know—not just believe, but it’s proven to them—that future illegal immigration will be controlled. That is the single biggest lesson of the last two years.”
Now in 2015, as he is running for the presidency, Rubio is coming out in favor of a pathway to citizenship:
On the issue of Obama’s illegal DACA executive action, he first said:
And the problem with that will be you will have 10 million people legalized in the United States by executive order, so that when there is a new president, if it is a conservative, a Republican, one of the first decisions they will have to make is whether to yank that status from those people and deport them. I cannot imagine a scenario where a future president is going to take away the status they’re going to get.
But then he clarified that statement, saying “I would” repeal the executive action.
Then there was the whole issue of Congress defunding the executive action. Rubio called on Congress to take action:
“Marco will not support a DHS funding bill that does not repeal the President’s executive order,” he said in an email.
It’s not unusual for presidential candidates to miss Senate votes. Senator Rubio has not made a final decision about 2016, but he’s seriously considering running for president and taking the necessary steps to prepare a competitive campaign.
As he travels the country meeting with voters, there will be no doubt where he stands on any important issues before the Senate. Regarding the underlying issue: Marco does not and will not support a clean DHS funding bill that does not repeal the Presidents unconstitutional executive order on immigration.
If you still have a shred of trust in Rubio after all of this, I have some mountain-view property in Miami to sell you.
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