Skip to comments.Sen. Marco Rubio on immigration bill: No 'parades' for me
Posted on 06/20/2013 5:41:15 AM PDT by Old Yeller
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is defending his participation in the Gang of Eights immigration bill efforts, saying he knows it wont win him any parades among conservatives, but its necessary.
Speaking Wednesday night with Fox Newss Sean Hannity, Rubio said he understands why conservatives are skeptical of immigration reform.
Look, its obvious I didnt do this for political gain. This is not something thats going to gain me any parades. People are frustrated, and I do understand it. What I hope they understand is that I studied this issue carefully for almost two years and I concluded that what we have in place right now is a disaster, Rubio said.
Saying that border security will be key to an immigration reform package, Rubio said an amendment he hopes will be introduced Thursday will ensure that those issues will be dealt with before any permanent legal residency measures.
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Rubio has been getting flak from both conservatives and liberals for his participation in the Gang of Eight talks, and has not appeared publicly with his colleagues in the group since April.
Rubio said that given failures by the government in the past, he sees why conservatives arent happy with immigration reform efforts.
I think conservatives have a right to be skeptical about this. The federal government under both Republicans and Democrats in the past has failed to enforce our immigration laws. Thats why we have 11 million people here that are illegally here, Rubio said.
Still, Rubio said, keeping the status quo would be worse, describing it as de facto amnesty.
If we dont deal with this problem, and particularly with the border security but also identifying these people that are living in our country and start getting them to pay taxes and consequences for having violated our laws, were going to leave in place a disaster, a de facto amnesty disaster, Rubio said.
“Look, its obvious I didnt do this for political gain. This is not something thats going to gain me any parades. People are frustrated, and I do understand it. What I hope they understand is that I studied this issue carefully for almost two years and I concluded that what we have in place right now is a disaster, Rubio said.”
He’s started to talk DOWN to us like Hussein does.
Marco, a number of us on FR will be glad to school you as we have been studying and KNOW the issue a hell of a lot better than you or any of your aides ever did or will. But of course you don’t care as you have a predetermined conclusion.
It took him two years of studying this to determine that it’s really bad? So one can infer from his statement that his two years of studying the problem led him to a “solution” that would make it vastly worse.
What good is studying if come to the wrong conclusions?
“What we have now with Marco Rubio is a disaster”...there I fixed it
Amazing how many years such a number can remain static, with a daily flow across the border in the thousands.
Slow path to progress for U.S. immigrants: 43% on welfare after 20 years
The study, which covers all immigrants, legal and illegal, and their U.S.-born children younger than 18, found that immigrants tend to make economic progress by most measures the longer they live in the U.S. but lag well behind native-born Americans on factors such as poverty, health insurance coverage and homeownership.
The study, based on 2010 and 2011 census data, found that 43 percent of immigrants who have been in the U.S. at least 20 years were using welfare benefits, a rate that is nearly twice as high as native-born Americans and nearly 50 percent higher than recent immigrants.
so more amnesty from republicans helps our country how again?
We have all the laws needed for a self-sufficient and sovereign nation
Personally, I hope he ends up on the ash heap of diversity.
He’s traded traditional American Sovereignty for some loosely promised semblance of second-tier power in our government.
As far as I’m concerned, he is a traitor through and through.
It is NOT necessary. Doing nothing is preferable.
He did it for the Lobbyist and all that he gets from them. Just your average, corrupt politician.
Rubio you think we are stupid? You lay down with dogs you get fleas.
Good luck Marco on getting illegals to pay taxes and penalties. They breal laws everyday, why should they listen to your stupid laws? What do you think you would do? Arrest them? Throw them in jail?
You’re stupid Marco. But there is a vested interest behind you that has paid you off and eventually we will find out.
So your solution to this disaster was to double down on the 1986 strategy that created it? As my grandfather would have said: "That boy is dumber than the third squirt of goose shit."
Anywa...that's NOT what he told the Univision crowd last week:
He did do it for political gain...but it backfired!