Illegal Immigration Politics

Uh-Oh. Marco Rubio says he Still Believes in Comprehensive Immigration Reform

 

A few years ago Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) was an up and coming Tea Party star. Against all odds, he had defeated the establishment in Florida and won a seat in the Senate, promising to be a true constitutional conservative. Then he met John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and his career came to a sudden and shocking halt. The two RINO Senators had convinced Rubio to sign on to their comprehensive immigration reform plan that seemingly would grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. In the wake of the “Gang of 8” fiasco, Rubio’s poll numbers took collapsed and the Senator was forced to go hat in hand before conservatives to apologize for his part in the amnesty effort and to promise that he had seen the errors of his ways…

But could all of that apologizing been for show?

Rubio appeared on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace to discuss a host of issues, but immigration reform may be what people will remember most…

Chris Wallace: But after it passed the Senate and ran into trouble in the House, you bailed on comprehensive immigration reform. How come? 

Marco RubioMarco Rubio: Well, I didn’t. It’s not that we bailed, it’s that we don’t have the votes to pass it. In fact, we have less votes for immigration reform today than we did two years ago when that passed because of the last election, because of unilateral actions the president took in his executive orders, because of a border crisis.

I still believe we need to do immigration reform. I still talk about that on the campaign trial. I outlined it in my book, American Dream. The problem is we can’t do in one big piece of legislation. The votes aren’t there and the more time we follow that path, the more time we’re wasting to address it. 

Alright. I know how this looks. But I don’t think it’s as bad as we think it is. He is still speaking out strongly against President Obama’s illegal executive actions, and he is still arguing strongly AGAINST illegal immigration. He’s just saying that in his opinion “comprehensive immigration reform” is needed…

I don’t think this is any different from what he has been saying in recent months… but it’s probably going to make some conservatives worry about where he stands on immigration. AGAIN.

 

 

WALLACE: But after it passed the Senate and ran into trouble in the House, you bailed on comprehensive immigration reform. How come? 


RUBIO: Well, I didn’t. It’s not that we bailed, it’s that we don’t have the votes to pass it. In fact, we have less votes for immigration reform today than we did two years ago when that passed because of the last election, because of unilateral actions the president took in his executive orders, because of a border crisis.

I still believe we need to do immigration reform. I still talk about that on the campaign trial. I outlined it in my book, American Dream. The problem is we can’t do in one big piece of legislation. The votes aren’t there and the more time we follow that path, the more time we’re wasting to address it.

WALLACE: But aren’t leaders supposed to shape public opinion rather than just follow it? I mean shouldn’t you have campaigned for this? I remember when you came into FOX back in 2013 and you made a very articulate and compelling case for comprehensive reform. Why not stand for it and fight for it?

RUBIO: We did, but the problem is the votes aren’t there in the House. And as you know, for example, the Majority Leader of the House partially lost his election on the perception that he was in favor of immigration reform and that impacted the way others voted as well. So, clearly leaders stand for the idea you need to do something but you also have to deal with the reality that in the political process people are going to vote based on what they’re hearing from their constituents and others.

And that’s what I’m basically saying — the votes are not there for comprehension immigration reform and that this stage, after two illegal executive orders, after a migratory crisis on the border with minors last summer, the context in which we are having this debate is much different. If we want to move forward on immigration reform, the first thing we are going to have to do is prove to the American people that future illegal immigration is under control.

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About the author

Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Liberty Alliance media group. He's also the managing editor at Eaglerising.com, Constitution.com and the managing partner at iPatriot.com. You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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