Rubio defends scaled-back DREAM Act, says it addresses ‘humanitarian issue’
Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio on Sunday defended his plan to develop a scaled-back version of the DREAM Act, arguing that his proposal represents not amnesty, but an effort to tackle the “humanitarian issue” of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children.
In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Rubio said that his proposal, which is in the works, would provide not a “special pathway” to citizenship for young people in the country illegally but rather a non-immigrant visa that would allow those people to serve in the military or attend college and then later apply for citizenship through the traditional route.
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, has yet to state a position on Rubio’s plan, and Rubio said Sunday that he did not expect Romney to weigh in on the proposal because it has yet to be finalized.
Rubio’s remarks represent a move by the GOP rising star to reach out to Hispanic voters, a key constituency this fall. Polls show Romney trailing President Obama by two-to-one among Hispanic voters, and some Republicans believe that Rubio – who is Cuban American – could give the GOP ticket a lift among Hispanic voters if he were to be chosen as Romney’s running mate.
Many people are singing the praises of Marco Rubio, saying that he is the example of what a Conservative should be. Rubio is considered a shining example of what the GOP should be and is indicative of the direction this nation should take.
I, for one, do NOT see Rubio as a Conservative, I see him as a proponent of a Dream Act, and just as I accused Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison of being a RINO (Republican In Name Only) for her support of the original Dream Act, I am now of the opinion that Rubio may well be a RINO too.
There is only a very small part of what Rubio touts regarding HIS Dream Act that I can embrace, and that would be to provide a *fast track* for non-citizens that have served honorably in our military and then can meet the written or oral test requirements to become a U.S. citizen. Immigrant or non-immigrant seems rather moot to me, a visa to allow them military service would be all that’s needed, without all the fancy legal verbiage.
What I can’t agree with is the part about allowing those are here ILLEGALLY to attend our schools, at our expense quite likely, and granting them a visa to do so. Why does studying here entitle anyone to a shot at citizenship? Come to America on a LEGAL student visa and then go to school, and if all works out well, if you are here on a visa long enough, then seek citizenship in the normal and traditional fashion.
If Marco Rubio is picked to be the VPOTUS by Mitt Romney, Rubio is nothing more than a Hispanic ploy, solely designed to garner Hispanic votes, nothing more.
Rubio is a Freshman Senator, and he appears to be the chosen one for Romney and the GOP. Take a look at what’s in the White House right now; a Freshman Senator that doesn’t know his ass from a hole in the ground. Obama was elected because he was young, seen as dynamic by some and he is part Black.
Rubio is young, he is seen as dynamic by some and he is Cuban-American.
CUBAN-American? The thing I hate most, the hyphenated-American!
Now in ALL fairness, I don’t know if Rubio refers to himself as a Cuban-American or if it’s just a MEDIA reference, but the point is; you are either an American, and nothing else, or you are NOT.
Marco Rubio Pushes Nightmarish DREAM Act in Run for GOP’s VP Nod
Marco Rubio wants to be Vice President so bad. The tea party-backed freshman senator from Florida is reportedly working on a DREAM Act-like proposal to benefit undocumented youth—with a catch. His version would strip away the original DREAM Act’s core legalization benefits.
It’s just the most recent move in a series of carefully orchestrated political maneuvers to launch Rubio into the next tier of national Republican politics. Yet according to activists and pollsters, his latest ploy will fall flat with Latino voters, exactly the population Rubio hopes to deliver for Republicans. In as much as Rubio’s ascendance is due to the GOP’s Latino problem, his continued success will hinge on whether the country buys his brand of identity politics.
“Republicans know that demographically it’s a dying party of older white males, at least in the long term,” said Chris Zepeda-Millan, a political scientist at the University of Chicago. “Marco Rubio’s only value at the national level is the notion or the hope that he can attract Latinos toward them.” SOURCE
So, some seem to think that simply being Cuban-American, or Hispanic won’t do the trick with Hispanic voters. Interesting, to say the least.
The hyphenated-American part aside, do we really want to call Rubio a Conservative if he has to embellish his family history?
Marco Rubio’s compelling family story embellishes facts, documents show
During his rise to political prominence, Sen. Marco Rubio frequently repeated a compelling version of his family’s history that had special resonance in South Florida. He was the “son of exiles,” he told audiences, Cuban Americans forced off their beloved island after “a thug,” Fidel Castro, took power.
But a review of documents — including naturalization papers and other official records — reveals that the Florida Republican’s account embellishes the facts. The documents show that Rubio’s parents came to the United States and were admitted for permanent residence more than two-and-a-half years before Castro’s forces overthrew the Cuban government and took power on New Year’s Day 1959. SOURCE
Freshman Senator, embellished family history, a hyphenated-American, a supporter of a Dream Act, one of his own making. Is that what the American people on the RIGHT, the GOP and Conservatives want to toss out there?
Real Conservatives are going to see this for exactly what it is; more *BIG TENT* politics from the GOP.