Marco Rubio says “There will be No Amnesty” before saying “Law Abiding” Illegal Immigrants can Stay


Let me be clear here, I like Marco Rubio. Before the primary season really started I would have listed him as my 3rd or 4th pick in the GOP field. Today, I like him a lot less. Whether it’s the $1 TRILLION in new spending on the military, his continued refusal to say he was wrong about the Gang of Eight immigration bill, or the less than honest attacks on Ted Cruz, there are many reasons to like Rubio less today than we did six months ago.

But it’s illegal immigration that sticks in the craw of most conservative voters. If Rubio wants to be the GOP nominee, this is the place where he has the most ground to make up, and this past week he tried to do just that by releasing a new ad promising that there would be “No Amnesty” if he is elected President. In fact, Rubio went further than he’s ever gone on illegal immigration in this ad by making several major promises:

No Amnesty

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Cancel Obama’s Executive Order

Cut Sanctuary City Funding

Deport Criminal Illegals

Add 20,000 border Agents

Finish the Border Wall

Wow. That is all very different from what the Gang of Eight Immigration bill had to say. Sadly, this ad released on Friday January 15th and just two days later, Rubio was already promising to break his promise.

In an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday January 17th, Rubio told viewers that “law abiding” illegal immigrants could stay.

“If you’re a criminal alien, no, you can’t stay. If you’re someone that hasn’t been here for a very long time, you can’t stay. I don’t think you’re gonna round up and deport 12 million people.”

Um. Didn’t he just promise us that there would be “No Amnesty”? Also, how many laws do you have to break before you become a “criminal alien”? Since they’ve already broken (and continue to break) our immigration laws – doesn’t that mean that every illegal alien (who is here of their own volition) is also a “criminal alien”? Republicans do themselves a disservice when they speak of illegal immigration as a crime that’s not really a crime, because it muddies the waters in the debate over illegal immigration. But I digress. The real point here is that we just can’t trust Marco Rubio. Anyone who is willing to say two very different things within the course of just two or three days is not the kind of person we want leading our nation.

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