Rubio: Thanks to Obama, I probably won’t introduce my DREAM bill until after the election now

posted at 7:24 pm on June 18, 2012 by Allahpundit

Inevitable, but still good politics.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said Monday that President Barack Obama’s move last week to block deportations for some young illegal immigrants in the U.S. has likely derailed his own similar efforts, at least until after the election.

“People are going to say to me, ‘Why are we going to need to do anything on this now. It has been dealt with. We can wait until after the election,’” Sen. Rubio said in an interview. “And it is going to be hard to argue against that.”…

The president’s unilateral declaration on Friday, Sen. Rubio said, “sets back our efforts to arrive at a balanced and responsible approach to this issue. It poisons the well. It leads to mistrust. It makes it harder to come up with a long-term solution.”

His spokesman, Alex Conant, also confirmed to Politico that the DREAM is likely dead. Introducing it now would have been a lose/lose situation for Rubio. If he rounded up enough GOP votes to get to 60 in the Senate, some Latino voters might have shrugged because, thanks to O, DREAM is now already basically in effect and others might have given Obama all the credit for having “shaken things up” in Congress with his new policy. If Rubio introduced the bill and didn’t get enough Republicans to get to 60, O would have used it in his pitch to Latinos as proof that the GOP is hopeless on immigration and that DREAM never would have happened if he hadn’t been the bold, can-do chief executive that he is. Better that Rubio sit tight with the bill now and keep hammering his point about how damaging O’s gambit was: If you’re interested in an enduring legislative compromise on DREAM, a jerky hyperpartisan power grab four and a half months before the election ain’t the way to do it.

Of course, O’s not interested in an enduring legislative compromise. He’s interested in this. Mission accomplished?

I wonder what exciting new panders we’ll see before November if the economy slides further and Latino voters start to bail on him too. Six-month moratorium on all deportations? Relaxation of his current eligibility conditions for DREAM so that many more people qualify? The sky’s the limit. Two clips for you while you mull that, one via Greg Hengler of Krauthammer congratulating Romney on not falling into Obama’s immigration trap and the other of Mexican President Felipe Calderon congratulating The One on his cynical, counterproductive executive overreach.


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The graph showing about an even split of enthusiasm among Hispanics about Obama’s policy coup pretty much agrees with this 2006 poll.

Why the he!! do Republicans think they need to pander to the half of Hispanics who don’t respect our laws and demand amnesty instead of courting the half who do respect our laws and value their citizenship and don’t think it (or even residency) should be a REWARD for breaking our laws???

The GOP can never out-pander the Dems.

They should be happy with the 40% or so who respect our laws.

If they try, they will always lose their base. Duh.
Ask Juan McCain how excited the base was in 2008.

fred5678 on June 18, 2012 at 9:32 PM

canopfor on June 18, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Who needs Google when you have canopfor? :-)

TxAnn56 on June 18, 2012 at 9:25 PM

TXAnn56:Lol….tee-hee!!!:)

canopfor on June 18, 2012 at 9:32 PM

I take it you would have supported Crist if you knew this about him right?

Uppereastside on June 18, 2012 at 8:50 PM

No b/c as bad as Rubio is on illegals, Crist is a full fledged RINO on a number of issues.

Now answer me: What gives Obama the authority to selectively enforce laws as he pleases??

LevinFan on June 18, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Rubio is the reason Obama did this, IMHO. Rubio must have been getting close to getting the necessary votes and the Democrats couldn’t afford to have a Republican come up with a solution to the immigration problem. He will do or say anything to get elected.

I did see one promising item today, Rep. Guttierez saying this doesn’t solve much because it isn’t permanent and there needs to be a permanent solution to the problem. I only caught the end of this so I’m not sure how much he’s against what the president did, but he does recognize how temporary this is.

bflat879 on June 18, 2012 at 9:36 PM

When bad dreams vanish.

Bmore on June 18, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Krauthammer makes a very good point. You see some honor student who was taken here by his/her parents as a baby & it does seem harsh to deport him for something that, as a child, was out of his control. Of course, as harsh as that is, I’d argue that his parents should have thought of that before they came here, with their child, illegally.

Nonetheless, Krauthammer is right — the amount of sympathy that can be generated for such a person equates to Romney making a good political move by punting on the issue.

Dark Star on June 18, 2012 at 8:02 PM

It’s the whole “breaking up families” argument. Don’t fall for it.

What about a legal US citizen who is a dad but commits murder? Does he not have to go to jail for 20 years b/c it’d “break up his family”?

BTW Krauthammer is an establishment moderate hack. He didn’t like Reagan and tried to defeat him.

LevinFan on June 18, 2012 at 8:04 PM

You don’t really understand your analogy is completely idiotic, do you?

It has nothing to do with breaking families. Rather with the fact that the crime was committed when they were babies and child.

How are you comparing someone who was taken here by his/her parents as a baby to a murder who happens to be a dad?

It shows how vicious you are.

joana on June 18, 2012 at 9:56 PM

And would Rubio really be pushing this garbage if he wasn’t Hispanic??

LevinFan on June 18, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Maybe because it’s good policy and good politics.

You do seem to believe that one’s position on immigration must be defined by one’s ethnic background. Projecting much?

Your position of not allowing any of them to remain here is only shared by 10% of the Americans. Do you think 90% are Hispanic? Well, you probably do.

The crazy: everything is about race and if you disagree with them you’re probably a Latino promoting ethnic-cleansing.

joana on June 18, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Methinks someone had a talk with young Rubio.

LevinFan on June 18, 2012 at 8:04 PM

I think the analogy obtains, Ms. Joana notwithstanding.

davidk on June 18, 2012 at 10:08 PM

You don’t really understand your analogy is completely idiotic, do you?

It has nothing to do with breaking families. Rather with the fact that the crime was committed when they were babies and child.

How are you comparing someone who was taken here by his/her parents as a baby to a murder who happens to be a dad?

It shows how vicious you are.

joana on June 18, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Hey everyone, are favorite liberal hack is back tonight!!!

The analogy is the completely valid. All the left does is use sob stories to push amnesty.

We even have a border? Seriously??

Ever think that illegals use the kids as bait, you as anchor babies??

And granting residency to these poor kids only leads to more illegals crossing with their kids to take advantage of genuises like yourself.

LevinFan on June 18, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Maybe because it’s good policy and good politics.

You do seem to believe that one’s position on immigration must be defined by one’s ethnic background. Projecting much?

joana on June 18, 2012 at 9:59 PM

So good policy is to pander to Hispanics to get votes??

DISGUSTING!!!

You don’t think Geraldo isn’t an amnesty shill b/c he’s Hispanic??

I think the same is true of Rubio and I’ve got the balls to say it.

LevinFan on June 18, 2012 at 10:10 PM

**correction: Geraldo IS an amnesty shill b/c he’s Hispanic…

LevinFan on June 18, 2012 at 10:11 PM

I would not have a problem with a path to citizenship for any one of these folks who serve honorably in our armed forces.
Beyond that, I’ve got some big problems. It’s especially troubling that these folks are jumping ahead of people who are trying to enter this country properly and legally.

either orr on June 18, 2012 at 10:17 PM

I would not have a problem with a path to citizenship for any one of these folks who serve honorably in our armed forces.
Beyond that, I’ve got some big problems. It’s especially troubling that these folks are jumping ahead of people who are trying to enter this country properly and legally.

either orr on June 18, 2012 at 10:17 PM

As already pointed out upthread, you’re required to at least be a legal immigrant with a green care to serve in the military.

So how can an illegal serve in the military?

LevinFan on June 18, 2012 at 10:27 PM

I find it interesting that Little Marco hasn’t mentioned sealing the border once. He’s on the same wavelength as Bush, McCain and a host of other RINO dirt bags.

Mr. Arrogant on June 18, 2012 at 10:31 PM

So how can an illegal serve in the military?

LevinFan on June 18, 2012 at 10:27 PM

The same way they can collect welfare, food-stamps, free housing, free medical and free everything else , including tax-refunds for non-existant dependents—by fraud, forgery and stealing IDs of Americans / anchor babies.

burrata on June 18, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Upset Jose got cut off at the knees right?

Uppereastside on June 18, 2012 at 7:49 PM

…lowlife!…you need to cut yourself off at the knee…not the left knee or the right knee…but your little wee knee!

KOOLAID2 on June 18, 2012 at 11:02 PM

So good policy is to pander to Hispanics to get votes??

DISGUSTING!!!

You don’t think Geraldo isn’t an amnesty shill b/c he’s Hispanic??

I think the same is true of Rubio and I’ve got the balls to say it.

LevinFan on June 18, 2012 at 10:10 PM

So, are you an extremist because you’re white?

How do you explain that almost 90% of the people want that at least some of them are allowed to stay (the thing that you call amnesty)?

joana on June 18, 2012 at 11:31 PM

(the thing that you call amnesty)?

joana on June 18, 2012 at 11:31 PM

What does Hussein ,
and the marxists mean by ” amnesty” ?

burrata on June 19, 2012 at 12:08 AM

And would Rubio really be pushing this garbage if he wasn’t Hispanic??

LevinFan on June 18, 2012 at 7:58 PM

That’s exactly why the Founders were so strict about allegiance and why it is SO important that the president has only allegiance to the United States of America, being born in the US from both parents US citizens. ALLEGIANCE!!! Look at obama muslim origins and what he did to create the arab spring/muslim brotherhood – mubarak gone and now Israel in danger. ALLEGIANCE!

We will end up with oasama bin laden son as president if we keep on accepting NON natural born for president.

American Dream 246 on June 19, 2012 at 3:17 AM

Latino Decisions interviewed 775 Latino registered voters

so yeah, they included in that poll all illegals who managed to get registered by the DMV


more likely what this poll shows is how many illegals are there since having suddenly 2M+ more people trying to get YOUR job should by definition not get only 14% concerned about this.

huntingmoose on June 19, 2012 at 3:27 AM

NOMITTNOBAMA 2012!

Pragmatic on June 19, 2012 at 12:57 PM

This confirms exactly what I’ve been saying about Rubio and his Dream Act II. It was designed by the Bush/McCain amnesty/open borders Republican establishment (who are pushing Rubio for their own reasons) to corner Romney and force him into a more moderate position on immigration. Now that Obama has essentially done Rubio’s job for him, while leaving Romney untarnished, there is no reason to pursue it.

Of course, if Rubio were serious, there would be every reason to pursue his legislation, because, as Romney correctly points out, this problem should be solved through proper legislation and not by executive fiat.

Romney has been very clear: secure border, employment verification, everything else, in that order. He’s not going to be pushed by the likes of Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush. That idiot Obama actually did Romney a favor, by taking the wind out of Rubio’s sails, and helping Romney avoid a factional dispute with his own party.

Mr. Arkadin on June 19, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Of course, the obvious consequence of this action will be more illegals deciding to do business with coyotes and making the potentially lethal journey across the border with small children.

So why are joana and the rest of the apologists in favor of more DEAD CHILDREN? I suppose as long as some criminal agitators can get a green card even though they are now adults and have the wherewithal to self-deport, it’s ok because the DEAD CHILDREN didn’t complain as loudly?

Won’t someone think of the children?

CapnObvious on June 19, 2012 at 2:03 PM

This confirms exactly what I’ve been saying about Rubio and his Dream Act II. It was designed by the Bush/McCain amnesty/open borders Republican establishment (who are pushing Rubio for their own reasons) to corner Romney and force him into a more moderate position on immigration. Now that Obama has essentially done Rubio’s job for him, while leaving Romney untarnished, there is no reason to pursue it.

Of course, if Rubio were serious, there would be every reason to pursue his legislation, because, as Romney correctly points out, this problem should be solved through proper legislation and not by executive fiat.

Romney has been very clear: secure border, employment verification, everything else, in that order. He’s not going to be pushed by the likes of Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush. That idiot Obama actually did Romney a favor, by taking the wind out of Rubio’s sails, and helping Romney avoid a factional dispute with his own party.

Mr. Arkadin on June 19, 2012 at 1:49 PM

The twisted logic of a sycophantic mittbot . . .Please tell us when/if mittens plans to rescind obama’s executive order (IF he wins the presidency)?NOMITTNOBAMA 2012!

Pragmatic on June 19, 2012 at 2:23 PM

The Nightmare Act should never see the light of day.

insidiator on June 20, 2012 at 7:46 AM

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