Skip to comments.GOP Sen. Rubio says deportation leniency is 'welcome news'
Posted on 06/15/2012 11:02:07 AM PDT by BradtotheBone
A GOP senator on the short list to be Mitt Romney's running mate is applauding President Obama's move to forgo deportations for some illegal immigrants.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said the more lenient policy is "welcome news" for those immigrants who will benefit, though he was quick to knock the administration for acting unilaterally.
Todays announcement will be welcome news for many of these kids desperate for an answer, but it is a short term answer to a long term problem," the Cuban-American Rubio said in a statement. "And by once again ignoring the Constitution and going around Congress, this short term policy will make it harder to find a balanced and responsible long term one.
Rubio's comments are a stark contrast to those coming from other Republicans, who are blasting the new rules as a threat to U.S. jobs and possibly illegal.
Rubio's remarks also further complicate the position of GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, who took a hard conservative stance against illegal immigrants amid the heat of the GOP primary but is now searching for ways to soften that stance in order to appeal to Hispanic voters, who will be vital in a number of swing states.
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Who knew! Senor Rubio loves the power and government structure of Fidel.
It doesn't contradict itself, it correctly senses the nuanced in Rubio's comments and takes into consideration his stated position on the issue.
I found his criticism of Obama's illegal methods half hearted, personally.
From the Constitution Party Platform (available at http://www.constitutionparty.com/party_platform.php)
US Constitution, Article 4, Section 4: The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; James Madison: “When we are considering the advantages that may result from an easy mode of naturalization, we ought also to consider the cautions necessary to guard against abuses
aliens might acquire the right of citizenship, and return to the country from which they came, and evade the laws intended to encourage the commerce and industry of the real citizens and inhabitants of America, enjoying at the same time all the advantages of citizens
We affirm the integrity of the international borders of these United States and the Constitutional authority and duty of the federal government to guard and to protect those borders, including the regulation of the numbers and of the qualifications of immigrants into the country.
Each year approximately one million legal immigrants and almost as many illegal aliens enter these United States. These immigrants - including illegal aliens - have been made eligible for various kinds of public assistance, including housing, education, Social Security, and legal services. This unconstitutional drain on the federal Treasury is having a severe and adverse impact on our economy, increasing the cost of government at federal, state, and local levels, adding to the tax burden, and stressing the fabric of society. The mass importation of people with low standards of living threatens the wage structure of the American worker and the labor balance in our country.
We oppose the abuse of the H-1B and L-1 visa provisions of the immigration act which are displacing American workers with foreign.
We favor a moratorium on immigration to these United States, except in extreme hardship cases or in other individual special circumstances, until the availability of all federal subsidies and assistance be discontinued, and proper security procedures have been instituted to protect against terrorist infiltration.
We also insist that every individual group and/or private agency which requests the admission of an immigrant to the U.S, on whatever basis, be required to commit legally to provide housing and sustenance for such immigrants, bear full responsibility for the economic independence of the immigrants, and post appropriate bonds to seal such covenants.
The Constitution Party demands that the federal government restore immigration policies based on the practice that potential immigrants will be disqualified from admission to the U.S. if, on the grounds of health, criminality, morals, or financial dependence, they would impose an improper burden on these United States, any state, or any citizen of these United States.
We oppose the provision of welfare subsidies and other taxpayer-supported benefits to illegal aliens, and reject the practice of bestowing U.S. citizenship on children born to illegal alien parents while in this country.
We oppose any extension of amnesty to illegal aliens. We call for the use of U.S. troops to protect the states against invasion.
We oppose bilingual ballots. We insist that those who wish to take part in the electoral process and governance of this nation be required to read and comprehend basic English as a precondition of citizenship. We support English as the official language for all governmental business by these United States.
For the Goode of the Country...
Choose Goode over Evil ...
Goode for You, America ...
What a perfect name for a political campaign ...
Mr. Rubio seems to be more concerned with illegals than he is with unemployed Americans.
Mr. Rubio—we helped put you into office; we can work to put you into the unemployment line, where it appears you belong.
Marco Rubio—Spanish for Jeb Bush perhaps?
I’m sorry, but I don’t believe you when you say Rubio is just doing this for politics. I have not trusted him for a while, though can’t remember what it is about him that made me doubt him. This just confirms my doubts.
IF you live in one of the 17 states where he's actually on the ballot... otherwise, it's the lesser of two evils for the rest of us...
I never did understand all the Freepers wetting their pants over this guy. Looks like my instincts were correct. He's just another politician.
Yeah, screw the Constitution and the rule of law. 'Bout time the dinosaur GOP figured out what time it is.
Re: “The bigger issue...[is usurpation]...
Do you really not understand the population issue?
New immigrant citizens vote 80% for the Demo Party.
In the near future the Democrats won’t have to usurp ANYTHING.
They will mandate their will with PERMANENT majorities in Congress and the White House.
New immigrant citizens vote 80% for the Demo Party.
In the near future the Democrats wont have to usurp ANYTHING. They will mandate their will with PERMANENT majorities in Congress and the White House.
I completely agree. But the population issue is merely a tactic in the attempt to overthrow this nation. Obama's utter disregard of the rule of law and the separation of powers is also part of it.
But screaming about this issue, as though the biggest problem is a bunch of Mexicans taking low wage jobs, is to fail to make the larger point. The republic is under attack. I can imagine David Axelrod cackling in some strategy office because the right, in a thinly veiled racism, is bellowing about Mexican children getting amnesty while missing the point that precedent upon precedent for ignoring due process is being established.
I was already unnerved by Rubio’s “Dream Act” support.
This speech, plus Rubio’s weasel worded support for Obama’s amnesty, absolutely breaks it for me.
Have you read Romney's response to Obama’s amnesty?
Almost as shocking as Rubio’s response.
The Constitution has been under assault for at least a hundred years.
In my lifetime, we've had Roe v. Wade in the 70’s, Civil Rights decisions in the 60’s that paved the way for Affirmative Action and Forced Busing, and the Warren Court in the 1950’s.
The ONLY way to prevent a new avalanche of Hard Left judges is to elect Conservatives at every level of government.
Without a popular majority, that is not going to happen.
I'm not concerned about Mexicans taking jobs.
I'm concerned about Texas, where Mexican-Americans will be voting Democrats into the Senate and White House within ten years.
When that day comes, American Conservatism will die.
He agrees with Rubio.
He uses Rubio’s language.
Romney wants a “long term” solution, which is nothing but political code for “Amnesty Light.”
I believe the status of young people who come here through no fault of their own is an important matter to be considered, and should be solved on a long term basis so they know what their future would be in this country, Romney said after a campaign stop in Milford, New Hampshire.
I think the action that the president took today makes it more difficult to reach that long term solution because an executive order is, of course, a short term matter and can be reversed by subsequent presidents, Romney said.
I would like to seek legislation that deals with this issue and I happen to agree with Marco Rubio as he looked at, considered this issue, he said that this is an important matter that we have to find a long term solution, Romney said.
This why the Stupid Party is going down in flames.
Obama morphs into a dictator and Republicans form a circular firing squad.
Allen West is at the top of my list as VP (wish he would have run for President though.
He is on his knees begging for he vp slot. Maybe he should try for vp of Cuba.
I’m not so sure that we disagree on that much my FRiend. At least not on the big picture problem. Yes, the Constitution has been under attack for at least a hundred years. And, since I have reached the ripe old age of 60, I have also seen all the whittling away at the Founder’s dream firsthand. We both agree that the Republic is under attack.
It is true that the election of genuine conservatives is the best way to resolve the problems. But I have come to the conclusion that it is not the Hispanic vote that makes the difference. Yes, that is a hard core belief of the left, echoed with fear by the right. And clearly those numbers can cause a tipping point. But the real problem with the electorate lies in the middle.
The middle, the so-called moderates or even independents, have tacked left for decades. We have allowed the press to paint the right as stupid, racist, xenophobic killjoys who don’t have one whit of concern for their fellow man as they go about each day simply looking for ways to maximize their personal wealth, regardless of the cost to others. The left on the other hand is the domain of everyman, of concern for their fellow man, they care and they share. And supposedly they stand foursquare against greed and the evil rich.
Of course those caricatures are patently false, but the moderates (and many independents) lean left in their concern with being perceived as stupid and inhumane yahoos. As a result, even the Republicans repeatedly wind up with candidates who are inarticulate spokesmen for the morality of liberty,, personal initiative and free enterprise. Even those who run to the right in the primaries come up short as the supposedly moderate electorate and the inside-the-beltway party leadership continue to believe that drawing real contrasts between the right and left is lethal in the general election. So we get candidates who don’t draw the distinctions in a compelling way, because it is not in their DNA. Romney, Dole, Ford, even the Bushes to a degree.
But from the right, when someone like Marco Rubio steps up and argues that leniency on this specific aspect of the immigration issue is a good thing he is attacked as a “traitor” (literally, see post #9). He is labelled a RINO despite the fact that he has a 100%, perfect rating from the American Conservative Union. Those attacks, exemplified by so many comments on this thread, give ample fodder to those who would label the right as racially motivated. It is utterly absurd and completely impractical to suggest that someone is a traitor because they don’t see children as “foreign invaders.” Children who came here at the will of their parents and who, in many cases, have never known any other culture other than American.
I am not so naive as to believe that all children of illegal aliens are honor students who merely want their shot at the American dream. Of course that isn’t true. But I do know that attacking Rubio and others on this part of the immigration issue alienates many hardworking, conservative, LEGAL, Americans of Mexican descent. It plays into the strategy of those who want to paint the right as without compassion. It misses the more important point that Obama and his masters and minions are operating as if this nation were already under a dictatorship.
And it postpones the day when we can see the realization of Ronald Reagan’s dictum, “Latinos are Republican. They just don’t know it yet.”
Best comment on the thread. Somehow I think that was part of the reasoning behind Obama's executive order in the first place. Plouffe and Axelrod are toasting themselves with champagne.
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