Rubio: Politicians want the immigration issue to remain unresolved

posted at 5:21 pm on June 22, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Tough-minded Republicans fear monger and the dear Democrats pander, but nobody so much as moves to make a move to really reform immigration policy — or so says Sen. Marco Rubio.

In a speech to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials today, Rubio said politicians have two strong incentives to do nothing about the illegal presence in the United States of millions of immigrants: As long as the immigration issue remains unresolved, they can use it to influence elections and raise money.

“I’ll tell you right now, it’s powerful politics,” Rubio said.

Rubio’s right — and President Obama is Exhibit A. As Rubio also cheekily pointed out in his speech today, Obama hasn’t addressed NALEO in three years — but, on this fine summer afternoon of a heated election year, he’s making a conspicuous appearance at their conference. Coincidence? A very decided no.

(Unfortunately for those who like to make sport of the president’s perpetually poorly disguised campaigning, Rubio’s reference to Obama’s spotty attention to NALEO was a rare jab at the president in the Florida senator’s otherwise very diplomatic speech. “I was tempted to come here and rip into the policies of the president,” Rubio said. “But if I did, I’d be doing the exact same thing that I just criticized.”

Rubio further expressed frustration that the media has interpreted Obama’s recent changes to enforcement of immigration law solely in the context of the election. Perhaps if Obama hadn’t announced the changes in the context of the election, the media wouldn’t have interpreted it according to that context … )

While Rubio’s excoriation of politicians on both left and right is most welcome, I must point out: If voters mindlessly respond to pandering, then the electorate deserves excoriation, too. It’s no secret that politicians often care more about politics than they do about policy. After all, they depend upon reelection for their jobs. It’s up to voters to predicate the reelection of any given politician on his support for sound policy. (Personally, I don’t expect Latinos to fall for the president’s fawning this time, though: Like all other voting blocs in the country, they care most about jobs.)

What would constitute sound immigration policy? Let’s just say Florida Gov. Rick Scott is onto something when he says the solution must be “whole.” That doesn’t necessarily mean, though, that the focus of reform should be on immigrants who have already illegally entered the country. They chose to live in “the shadows” when they immigrated illegally. Perhaps, consigning them to stay in said shadows — with the possibility of deportation always before them — is enough of a consequence to deter more illegal immigration.

Otherwise, let’s keep the focus on securing the borders and reforming the United States immigration system. The quota system we currently use is more than a little outdated and desperately in need of an update. That’s where the focus of reform should be.

As Rubio said today, “The single biggest contributor to illegal immigration is a burdensome, bureaucratic and complicated legal immigration process. There are millions of people in this country who would go back home if they thought they could come back here next year to work in their seasonal jobs. And I know of no one who wouldn’t rather immigrate legally if they could.”

Properly speaking, immigration policy is not a question of what to do with those who have broken our laws. Properly speaking, immigration policy is a question of who we allow to enter the country, who we don’t and how.


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I want them deported…

OmahaConservative on June 22, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Hey, it’s Tina. Are you back?

OmahaConservative on June 22, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Have them follow the law like my ancestors did.

derecho on June 22, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Amnesty Boy just doesn’t know when to quit.

Pork-Chop on June 22, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Properly speaking, immigration policy is not a question of what to do with those who have broken our laws. Properly speaking, immigration policy is a question of who we allow to enter the country, who we don’t and how.

Yes, but we need to speak “comprehensively” in order to arrive at a “comprehensive solution,” and for now immigration policy is very much about the enforcement of, um, immigration policy laws already on the books.

And also talk about who enters, who doesn’t, and how.

Comprehensively speaking includes insuring that the next raft of immigration laws are… enforced. That always gets left out of these comprehensive approaches, properly speaking.

de rigueur on June 22, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Hey, it’s Tina. Are you back?

OmahaConservative on June 22, 2012

She’s guest blogging for us today! AP is taking a day off.

Ed Morrissey on June 22, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Only marginally OT: Senator Rubio’s on live with The Five on FNC right now.

beancounter on June 22, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Howdy Tina

Schadenfreude on June 22, 2012 at 5:28 PM

She’s guest blogging for us today! AP is taking a day off.

Ed Morrissey on June 22, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Thanks, what a real treat! Who is doing QOTD tonight?

OmahaConservative on June 22, 2012 at 5:30 PM

“The single biggest contributor to illegal immigration is a burdensome, bureaucratic and complicated legal immigration process. There are millions of people in this country who would go back home if they thought they could come back here next year to work in their seasonal jobs.

This is the sort of over-estimation that comes with dealing with an issue at arm’s length. Rubio has no will to reform the system – he is just providing cover, like a good young up and comer should, to those in his party seeking to deport as many undocumented immigrants as possible.

ernesto on June 22, 2012 at 5:31 PM

He’s doing a fine job of ensuring he’s off the VEEP sweepstakes list.

Wolfmoon on June 22, 2012 at 5:33 PM


Not OT.

derecho on June 22, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Rubio has no will to reform the system – he is just providing cover, like a good young up and comer should, to those in his party seeking to deport as many illegal immigrants as possible.

ernesto on June 22, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Fixed.

Del Dolemonte on June 22, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Rubio: Politicians want the immigration issue to remain unresolved

Not true. They want it resolved by giving amnesty to illegals. The only thing stopping them right now is the overwhelming opposition of the American people.

Stoic Patriot on June 22, 2012 at 5:37 PM

He’s wrong. Most of the politicians want amnesty. Most of the american people don’t. That’s why it remains an issue in DC and almost everywhere else wants the current immigration laws enforced.

Saying the immigration law is broken is like saying the law against bank robbery is broken because people still rob banks.

aniptofar on June 22, 2012 at 5:37 PM

She’s guest blogging for us today! AP is taking a day off.

Ed Morrissey on June 22, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Must be mani-pedi day at the spa. ;-)

TXUS on June 22, 2012 at 5:38 PM

This is the sort of over-estimation that comes with dealing with an issue at arm’s length. Rubio has no will to reform the system – he is just providing cover, like a good young up and comer should, to those in his party seeking to deport as many undocumented immigrants as possible.

ernesto on June 22, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Whereas Obama and Democrats are doing the noble thing? They controlled all levers of government for two years and did jack squat to deal with immigration. If they really cared they would have done something.

gwelf on June 22, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Sorry to be a bit OT:

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Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren turns 63 today, and among her birthday gifts is one she probably won’t appreciate very much. She’s in a tight race against the GOP incumbent, Scott Brown. The state’s Republican party announced this morning that it is gifting Warren, a Harvard Law professor, with a complimentary account at ancestry.com

Chip on June 22, 2012 at 5:40 PM

It’s great to have you back Tina. If only for one day.

gwelf on June 22, 2012 at 5:40 PM

“What would constitute sound immigration policy?”

Secure the borders and enforce the laws on the books…

… Do I have to do everything around here?

Seven Percent Solution on June 22, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Here’s the problem, and here’s how it will really for good and for all time get fixed:

As long as Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro are kicking around Latin America, there is a very, very good chance that one fine Mexican election, the Mexicans will vote themselves in some kind of Hugo Chavez, Jr. Hugo, Jr. will then proceed to bwog on his opposition, steal assets en masse, and crack down on some ethnicity within Mexico he doesn’t like. At that point, every illiterate goat herder and babymama who makes it or ever has made it across the US border is arguably a refugee from the persecutorial new Mexican government. That’s all kinds of bad and wrong. For years, the solution has been that America has looked the other way as those Mexicans most likely to vote “Muy Estupido” in Mexican elections come across the border, and fail to vote in Mexican elections.

Yes, we have reached a point where even this solution is untenable. However, signs are hopeful that there won’t be a Hugo Chavez or Fidel Castro above the ground by the time the next President leaves office. No Castro money = no Hugo Chavez Jr in the following election. Which means the US no longer has a reason to suck away freebie-loving voters, and can stick them right back in Mexico.

Sekhmet on June 22, 2012 at 5:41 PM

IMO, there are two toxic issues to get involved in for an election, the 2nd and dealing with illegal aliens. You are he!! if you do or he!! if you don’t?

The only reason bho did his eo on the illegals aliens issue, VOTES and that it the ONLY reason! bho/team has about as much use for hispanisc as they do blacks with all they have and are not doing, IMO. Voters(dead, pets, numerous voters) is the bottom line for bho, simple as that to keep his skinny hind end in the wh!

Now before you do the ‘race’ thing on my post that has nothing to do with my post!
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letget on June 22, 2012 at 5:42 PM

How about if we give the illegals 6 months to go home, apply for guest-worker status, and then come on back free and clear and legal. Unless they have a criminal record, or have been collecting government goodies while paying no taxes. In that case (crime or spinging), they stay out.

Step 2: get serious about controlling the border, and get serious about making living here illegally very, very uncomfortable (as in the Arizona law, no papers and out you go). Catch and release no more.

iurockhead on June 22, 2012 at 5:42 PM

somebody should explain to marco that we already have laws to protect our countries borders. along with his cowardly friend mitt, they both swim in the mud of pandering to the hispanics. que pena! (what a shame)

hey marco. here’s some news. some of us latinos work and have made a nice living in the greatest country on earth. i don’t need some punk making my life more miserable.

why doesn’t marco start making things better for ALL floridians regardless of race creed or gender. would be nice.

renalin on June 22, 2012 at 5:42 PM

spinging=sponging

iurockhead on June 22, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Not true. They want it resolved by giving amnesty to illegals. The only thing stopping them right now is the overwhelming opposition of the American people.

Stoic Patriot on June 22, 2012 at 5:37 PM

He’s wrong. Most of the politicians want amnesty. Most of the american people don’t. That’s why it remains an issue in DC and almost everywhere else wants the current immigration laws enforced.

Saying the immigration law is broken is like saying the law against bank robbery is broken because people still rob banks.

aniptofar on June 22, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Exactly.

INC on June 22, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Not true. They want it resolved by giving amnesty to illegals. The only thing stopping them right now is the overwhelming opposition of the American people.

Stoic Patriot on June 22, 2012 at 5:37 PM

I think it’s a win-win for Democrats. Amnesty would win them (in their minds) lots of new voters but until then they can use this as a bludgeon to demagogue the Republicans to keep latinos in their corner. But I agree – most Americans oppose amnesty.

gwelf on June 22, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Hey Tina, good job but since Allah isn’t here feel free NOT turn into Eeyorepundit over any polls in his absence. It’s only June.

gsherin on June 22, 2012 at 5:43 PM

15 years ago both sides pandered heavily
10 years ago astute repubs starting getting a sense there may be a problem
5 years ago repubs began to feel the heat

We’re getting there. My son in the Valley of Texas said the same thing I mentioned here last week. Many Mexicans in Texas are laughing at Obama. If they’re legal decidedly so, if not they’re not employed at anywhere near the level they used to be and are bailing out.

I get errant phone calls quite a bit by virtue of having the only phone not run through a switchboard. Hispanics that have no idea who I am riff on Obama without being prompted if any kind of conversation about how work is going.

DanMan on June 22, 2012 at 5:43 PM

We could declare an all but wide open border with Mexico tomorrow, granting absolutely everyone and anyone and their entire extended families who could run, walk or crawl over the border a free work visa and get-out-of-jail-free card and we would still have an illegal alien problem – it is their illegality that makes them employable in the first place.

Knott Buyinit on June 22, 2012 at 5:45 PM

“… to those in his party seeking to deport as many undocumented immigrants as possible.”

ernesto on June 22, 2012 at 5:31 PM

You say that like it’s a bad thing…

Seven Percent Solution on June 22, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Hello Tina, it is good to see you back on HA.

d1carter on June 22, 2012 at 5:45 PM

I think in general politicians don’t want issues resolved or else they would have nothing to do. And face time on TV is job one, just ask Chuck Schumer.

Dasher on June 22, 2012 at 5:47 PM

You say that like it’s a bad thing…

Seven Percent Solution on June 22, 2012 at 5:45 PM

How dare you suggest we control immigration into our country. It’s an outrage! /sarc

We should instead join the international community and adopt the same policies as Mexico and European countries! (oh, wait, they actually strictly control immigration)…

gwelf on June 22, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Rubio has no will to reform the system – he is just providing cover, like a good young up and comer should, to those in his party seeking to deport as many undocumented immigrants as possible.

ernesto on June 22, 2012 at 5:31 PM

If their status as “undocumented immigrants” is the problem, the obvious solution is to document them! I believe there is a process already on the books that provides this documentation.

There, problem solved! Easy peasy.

squint on June 22, 2012 at 5:48 PM

If we accept the proggies’ assertion that immigration is ‘broken’ and ‘needs resolution’, we have already lost the battle.

slickwillie2001 on June 22, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Yeah, politicians want A LOT in limbo; it’s precisely why they think themselves important.

Of course, I imagine the majority of American CITIZENS want a fence on the border; because they know the politicos don’t have their interests at heart, but rather their own self-interest.

The ‘House’ was always deigned to be the ‘peoples’ house’ yet the people in it don’t represent their people. They’ve become life-long politicos who believe their own beliefs are more important than the beliefs and needs of the very people they represent. If this isn’t a once-in-a-lifetime chance to redirect our country to why it was founded, why it flourished, why it became the envy of the world (YES, Bark–I’m directing that at YOU,) I don’t know what is.

The last years have been a blip in the history of our country–a very sad blip indeed (it isn’t the first, by far the worst.) I have faith that more Americans care about their own children and grandchildren than to repeat the mistake they made 4 years ago.

The smog is finally clearing.

jersey taxpayer on June 22, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Nice to have you back, Tina!

John the Libertarian on June 22, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Rubio Hernandez : Politicians want the immigration issue to remain unresolved

FIFY Tina

Uppereastside on June 22, 2012 at 5:51 PM

I want it the immigration solved: shut the f$@#ing border down.

jan3 on June 22, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Del Dolemonte on June 22, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Key point here is that you acknowledge Rubio’s motivation here has nothing to do with a more favorable outcome for undocumented immigrants.

ernesto on June 22, 2012 at 5:55 PM

No more Spanish speakers please. No guest passes for them or new visas because their chain family immigration is bigger than any other group. I will take some eastern Europeans and Africans please to balance out the demographics.

Mormontheman on June 22, 2012 at 5:56 PM

No more Spanish speakers please. No guest passes for them or new visas because their chain family immigration is bigger than any other group. I will take some eastern Europeans and Africans please to balance out the demographics.

Mormontheman on June 22, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Can this really be anything more than racism? Really, anyone?

ernesto on June 22, 2012 at 5:58 PM

As long as the immigration issue remains unresolved, they can use it to influence elections and raise money.

And can use it as a lever to differentiate between the parties. I would say it would be the Democrats who have the greatest interest in making sure the issue is never really solved because it could take away a talking point they use to curry votes.

crosspatch on June 22, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Rubio has no will to reform the system – he is just providing cover, like a good young up and comer should, to those in his party seeking to deport as many illegal aliens as possible.

ernesto on June 22, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Fixed.

Del Dolemonte on June 22, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Fixed, except for the lack of a point.

CapnObvious on June 22, 2012 at 6:01 PM

She’s guest blogging for us today! AP is taking a day off.

Ed Morrissey on June 22, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Good to see you again Tina, hope all has been going well. Ed, are they working on fixing the issue with java?

Bmore on June 22, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Can this really be anything more than racism? Really, anyone?

ernesto on June 22, 2012 at 5:58 PM

It could be a sarcastic reference to the liberal fetish with “Diversity” and “Affirmitive Action”

We understand, thinking is hard.

CapnObvious on June 22, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Del Dolemonte on June 22, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Key point here is that you acknowledge Rubio’s motivation here has nothing to do with a more favorable outcome for undocumented immigrants.

ernesto on June 22, 2012 at 5:55 PM

lol, why are you deathly afraid to call them “illegal immigrants”? After all, that’s exactly what they are.

Oh, that’s right. You’re afraid to ID yourself as a Liberal. No, you’re a “Progressive”.

That word’s a Lie too, of course. Under O’bama and the Democrats, the US has been Regressing since January of 2009.

Del Dolemonte on June 22, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Del Dolemonte on June 22, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Fixed, except for the lack of a point.

CapnObvious on June 22, 2012 at 6:01 PM

I see ernie found a new school chum. Welcome aboard!

Del Dolemonte on June 22, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Thanks, what a real treat! Who is doing QOTD tonight?

OmahaConservative on June 22, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Jazz has been covering for Allah. Maybe Ed will do it . ; )

Bmore on June 22, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Del Dolemonte on June 22, 2012 at 6:03 PM

I’m not deathly afraid to call them that, I just don’t believe that someone guilty of a minor violation warrants the title, “illegal” anything. I don’t consider anyone whose ever sped an “illegal driver”.

Really, though, I’ve made my point, and you’ve made none. Let’s not waste any more time.

ernesto on June 22, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Which is why this “solution” is the same one we tried in 1965 and 1986… so we’ll have the same problem in another 20 years without fail.

Actually solving the problem might require NOT TRYING THE SAME DAMNED THING AGAIN.

Oh, he didn’t mean himself in that statement? Weird…

gekkobear on June 22, 2012 at 6:05 PM

FIFY Tina

Uppereastside on June 22, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Tina, don’t mind him, he’s a race baiter, some things haven’t changed in your absence. ; )

Bmore on June 22, 2012 at 6:06 PM

; ) Not this again.

You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down.

Bmore on June 22, 2012 at 6:07 PM

gekkobear on June 22, 2012 at 6:05 PM

You’re absolutely right. And the thing not tried in this case is the 1/2 of Rubio’s plan we haven’t tried yet: making legal immigration much easier. That’s the actual answer, yet Rubio, at the behest of a party not interested in better outcomes for immigrations, has tied this real reform to the same tired old xenophobic BS: the idea that deporting a bunch of people will solve this problem.

ernesto on June 22, 2012 at 6:08 PM

@ernesto
You are the huge racist. You use code words like undocumented immigrants.

Mormontheman on June 22, 2012 at 6:08 PM

No more Spanish speakers please. No guest passes for them or new visas because their chain family immigration is bigger than any other group. I will take some eastern Europeans and Africans please to balance out the demographics.

Mormontheman on June 22, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Can this really be anything more than racism? Really, anyone?

ernesto on June 22, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Hey Che, ‘spanish’ is not a race. ‘Hispanic’ is not a race.

Another reason to look for balance is because there are people in Asia and Africa and even Eastern Europe that are in far worse conditions than Mexico. Mexico is the tenth largest economy in the world, free and democratic, with lower unemployment than the USA. Mexicans coming here are only driven by greed. They want a few more dollars per hour.

In other countries people are starving, being murdered, or politically and religiously repressed. They should come long before Mexicans.

slickwillie2001 on June 22, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Jazz has been covering for Allah. Maybe Ed will do it . ; )

Bmore on June 22, 2012 at 6:05 PM | Delete | Delete and Ban

My hope is Minnesoter.

RickB on June 22, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Nor do the major parties intend to solve the abortion issues, inner city poverty and crime, because character no longer matters and abortion, race grievance,and illegal immigration remain the biggest vote getters after the “economy.”

Like the lady who works in the unemployment office says -”If we fix all their problems then I’m out of work!

Don L on June 22, 2012 at 6:11 PM

My hope is Minnesoter.

RickB on June 22, 2012 at 6:10 PM

LOL!, Guns a blazing!

Bmore on June 22, 2012 at 6:11 PM

In other countries people are starving, being murdered, or politically and religiously repressed.
slickwillie2001 on June 22, 2012 at 6:10 PM

And many of them came here, with no documentation. You’d have them sent back, though. Anyone interested in sending anyone home, even as the condition for loosening overall immigration restrictions, is simply not interested in the best outcome for immigrants. You have no high ground on this issue.

ernesto on June 22, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Key point here is that you acknowledge Rubio’s motivation here has nothing to do with a more favorable outcome for undocumented immigrants.

ernesto on June 22, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Frankly, why should he? His oath of office is to actual Americans and the laws of the land that protects same.

If they’re *illegal then they (supposedly) have no legal standing OTHER than the basic human rights extended to them by a compassionate Republic.

* = Illegal is undocumented. You are not recognized by the Federal or state government, and you have no supporting documents.

BlaxPac on June 22, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Bmore on June 22, 2012 at 6:05 PM | Delete | Delete and Ban

My hope is Minnesoter.

RickB on June 22, 2012 at 6:10 PM

I see we are still suffering from the glitches…

OmahaConservative on June 22, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Frankly, why should he?
BlaxPac on June 22, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Because he’s presenting himself as if he is. He’s lying to Americans and immigrants with this reform charade.

ernesto on June 22, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Nice to see you still blogging Tina!!!..:)

Dire Straits on June 22, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Ed, are they working on fixing the issue with java?

Bmore on June 22, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Is that why some of the threads have been displayed with all the comments centered instead of left-justified? That’s been happening off and on all week, at least in my case.

TXUS on June 22, 2012 at 6:16 PM

I see we are still suffering from the glitches…

OmahaConservative on June 22, 2012 at 6:14 PM

LOL!

Bmore on June 22, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Is that why some of the threads have been displayed with all the comments centered instead of left-justified? That’s been happening off and on all week, at least in my case.

TXUS on June 22, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Glitch central as of late. Don’t even try using an iPad. ; )

Bmore on June 22, 2012 at 6:21 PM

You’re absolutely right. And the thing not tried in this case is the 1/2 of Rubio’s plan we haven’t tried yet: making legal immigration much easier.

Except that we are. By granting blanket amnesty (walks like it, talks like it, then that’s what it is) you have made illegal immigration easy as hell.

OTOH legal immigration is unchanged. Go through the process, take the course, submit to a check of some sorts, and yes you WILL be given “status” which will allow you to legally obtain a drivers license etc etc.

That’s the actual answer, yet Rubio, at the behest of a party not interested in better outcomes for immigrations, has tied this real reform to the same tired old xenophobic BS: the idea that deporting a bunch of people will solve this problem.

ernesto on June 22, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Ernesto, you are way overbuilding your case: Anyone in the country without going through the established process put in place by the government is in fact breaking the law….Period.

Will mass deportations help? Not really, a certain number of bodies are needed to accomplish such a task, so the other option will be to either: give them a reason to leave (usually economic) or a reason to become legal seekers of American citizenship.

BlaxPac on June 22, 2012 at 6:22 PM

And many of them came here, with no documentation. You’d have them sent back, though. Anyone interested in sending anyone home, even as the condition for loosening overall immigration restrictions, is simply not interested in the best outcome for immigrants. You have no high ground on this issue.

ernesto on June 22, 2012 at 6:12 PM

So our immigration policy should be centered around what’s best for immigrants? I wish the Democrats would run on that platform.
You like to claim the moral high ground by defending people who break our laws and benefit from our welfare state while we have many others who are trying to immigrate legally who have more moral claim to be here than those who broke the law to get here. Where’s the morality in heaping trillions in debt on our children to pay for – in part – an immigration policy which allows people to enter the country illegally and benefit from the debt-driven largess of state and federal governments?

gwelf on June 22, 2012 at 6:22 PM

It makes sense to accept those with the skills we need, shut down this quota system that mandates acceptance of a certain number of immigrants REGARDLESS of skills form various nations, REGARDLESS of the unemployment rate in THIS nation, and peg ANY immigration acceptance to a 5% unemployment rate, the singular exception being for those with skills that are in demand and at a dire shortage in the United State and which we cannot fill from our own work force in a timely fashion.

I support the use of TEMPORARY work permits for seasonal workers to supply the needs of the agricultural industry. The PEW CENTER reports that less than 2% of all illegal aliens are Ag workers.

This is one of the sound reasons I support a national biometric ID card since the expiration date of the work permit of visa of any non citizen could be encoded directly on the card. This card would also be used for voter registration and identification purposes.

However, I do NOT support making it EASIER to be accepted as an immigrant to this nation. It SHOULD be a thorough process and those accepted should undergo strict background checks, physical examinations, have to be current on all vaccinations, learn the language, familiarize themselves with our laws, customs, and culture, and meet the various other criteria to meet the requirements for acceptance. These should be people who are happy to become Americans and who will assimilate into our culture and our society. We have a unique American culture, this requires that people assimilate and actually partake of that culture or it would soon be lost,This nation should never become a staging area for those who simply wish to come here to take advantage of our people or our country on a revolving door basis.

Those who are here illegally should be required to return to the nation of their origin and, if they choose to return to the US, apply for legal status beginning at the back of the line like any other applicant.

We ask the young men of our nation at 18 years of age to register for the selective service. This is so that if we need to field a larger military in defense of the nation or its interests we can reinstitute the draft and conscript the personnel required. These young men comply with this and accept the risk inherent in that compliance to serve their nation. IF conscripted, they would be inducted into the service, trained, and sent away from their home and family, sometimes for years, to serve their nation in whatever capacity, and to whatever extent, including risking imprisonment, torture, or even death, and they are willing to make that sacrifice in service of their nations defense or interests.

Surely, the sacrifice we demand of those who’ve entered this nation illegally, in requiring them to return to their nation of origin, which is, after all, their home, where their friends and family are, and apply to LEGALLY come to this nation is not too much to expect.

I agree that the ‘magnates of illegal immigration’ need to be turned off. We need to implement a nationally mandated and enforced E-Verify system. We need to change the citizenship law to require that at least one parent be a citizen or legal permanent resident for the child born here to be granted automatic citizenship. We need to secure all of our borders. We need a biometric national ID card. We need full and vigorous enforcement of federal immigration law. We need to cut off funding to ‘sanctuary’ cities until they comply with the law. When these measure are implemented the illegal aliens population will have no choice but to SELF DEPORT and there will be no incentive for others to come.

thatsafactjack on June 22, 2012 at 6:22 PM

TXUS on June 22, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Plus it makes it very hard to read and keep up with.

Bmore on June 22, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Because he’s presenting himself as if he is. He’s lying to Americans and immigrants with this reform charade.

ernesto on June 22, 2012 at 6:15 PM

How is Rubio lying? You should be defending him. Just this week he called everyone who doesn’t support his version of amnesty a racist (right out of your playbook). He has been working on a “comprehensive” immigration plan. You’re also awfully silent about Obama’s obviously cheap political ploy.

gwelf on June 22, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Because he’s presenting himself as if he is. He’s lying to Americans and illegal immigrants with this reform charade.

ernesto on June 22, 2012 at 6:15 PM

You say he’s lying to the American people, I say he’s speaking the truth.

If you did not follow the established process to become a American, you are illegal and as such, in a just world would be subject to our criminal laws and either escorted off our property or placed “in line” to apply.

In either case, if they’re in such dire straits that they *need* to stay in the US, why not tell the Judge, so to speak?

BlaxPac on June 22, 2012 at 6:26 PM

I see ernie found a new school chum. Welcome aboard!

Del Dolemonte on June 22, 2012 at 6:04 PM

#1 Read my edit more carefully.
#2 Take it back.

CapnObvious on June 22, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Rubio’s right…and he’s one of those that doesn’t want to do a damn thing about it.

Let’s just say Florida Gov. Rick Scott is onto something when he says the solution must be “whole.”

Yes, because Rick Scott is just the kind of guy who solves problems./s

The point of cheap labor is to increase profits for the owner/stockholders of a company. If you have a business, you have a bottom line and with an oversupply of labor you’re going to pay less. It is not part of Free Enterprise to care if we have jobs or financial success. But, that’s what makes Socialism more attractive to people who feel they have no other options left.

Also, minority voting blocks simply cannot be ignored or antagonized by politicians. They look at numbers and probabilities for how to best get elected-not at what is right or what is fair (though the Left and Right certainly argue about what is fair).

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 22, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Secure the borders and enforce the laws on the books…
… Do I have to do everything around here?
Seven Percent Solution on June 22, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Heartless!!!!

/

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on June 22, 2012 at 6:32 PM

My hope is Minnesoter.

RickB on June 22, 2012 at 6:10 PM

That’s MinnesOOOOter ya knOOOOw.

Kstag on June 22, 2012 at 6:33 PM

I’m not deathly afraid to call them that, I just don’t believe that someone guilty of a minor violation warrants the title, “illegal” anything. I don’t consider anyone whose ever sped an “illegal driver”.

Yet we call squatters “illegal occupants”. You’re not “considering” the aptness of the words “illegal driver”, you’re merely “considering” the aesthetics of an uncommon diction.

CapnObvious on June 22, 2012 at 6:33 PM

AP is taking a day off.

Ed Morrissey on June 22, 2012 at 5:28 PM

I hate it when AP takes days off.

Kataklysmic on June 22, 2012 at 6:33 PM

The more I see and hear from Rubio the more convinced I am that he is just another RINO.

bgibbs1000 on June 22, 2012 at 6:35 PM

… Do I have to do everything around here?

Seven Percent Solution on June 22, 2012 at 5:41 PM

For short and to the point… you’re as good as it gets.

RalphyBoy on June 22, 2012 at 6:36 PM

They shouldn’t listen to you tho!!!

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on June 22, 2012 at 6:37 PM

somebody should explain to marco that we already have laws to protect our countries borders. along with his cowardly friend mitt, they both swim in the mud of pandering to the hispanics. que pena! (what a shame)

hey marco. here’s some news. some of us latinos work and have made a nice living in the greatest country on earth. i don’t need some punk making my life more miserable.

why doesn’t marco start making things better for ALL floridians regardless of race creed or gender. would be nice.

renalin on June 22, 2012 at 5:42 PM

I often wonder what legal latino citizens really think about the invasion by the illegal ones. The powers that be seem to lump all of them together and make it sound as if the legal ones feel no differently than the illegals. I don’t like to think politicians have to pander to any one group, like latinos, to get their vote. We all should be one group, and the laws are the laws for everyone. Why should special promises be made to one or the other group based upon race, sex, etc.? I would be interested in your views as to how most of the legal latinos feel about this.

silvernana on June 22, 2012 at 6:41 PM

ERNESTO:
We aren’t OBLIGED to have ‘the best interest of immigrants’ at heart if they are UNDOCUMENTED ( i.e.came here willfully shattering existing federal immigration law).

We,that is to say, US citizens and legal permanent residents, are OBLIGED to look out after the best interest of LEGAL immigrants and citizens…AMERICANS.

IF a person is IN the United States of America ILLEGALLY, that is to say, without DOCUMENTATION, they are not supposed to be here at all and we are OBLIGED only to provide public education and emergency medical care under the law. We are also OBLIGED to be humane and observe their basic human rights as we apprehend, process, and deport those who enter our nation without documentation, under the law.

We ARE NOT OBLIGED to make exception to the law, or grant preferential treatment under the law, or alter our laws for those who enter our nation without documentation.

thatsafactjack on June 22, 2012 at 6:44 PM

hey ernesto, newsflash!!!!!!! i don’t give a rats patootie about immigrants, especially if i have to pay for them out my pocket. in my neck of the woods, que desgracia, we have double wides where you can’t count the number of illegals coming and going.

the money you make for the leftist gringos you work for isn’t going to be enough to pay for them, so why do you want to place that burden on me?

PORQUE!!!!!!!!!!!

renalin on June 22, 2012 at 6:50 PM

As I said before. Rubio is a Cuban. He can not relate to the Mexican invasion on our southern border. Maybe it’s okay with him that we give up Miami, but it’s not okay with me that I give up Texas.

For every illegal that Obama gives a temporary 2 year renewable residency permit to, ala his work permit for DREAMers, a person on the waiting list for that country should be displaced and pushed back in line.

Let’s see how those waiting in line legally feel about an estimated 800,000 that get to cut in line in front of them. I’d guess about 90% are Mexicans, so I’m all for pushing about 720,000 new Mexicans back in line. Might push them back for years, before they get to the front position again.

Texas Gal on June 22, 2012 at 6:51 PM

I hate it when AP takes days off.

Kataklysmic on June 22, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Actually it’s more like “nights off” and, me, I’d rather spend the night with Tina than the self-described Candy-ass RINO, thank you very much. ;-)

TXUS on June 22, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Bmore on June 22, 2012 at 6:05 PM | Delete | Delete and Ban
My hope is Minnesoter.

RickB on June 22, 2012 at 6:10 PM
I see we are still suffering from the glitches…

OmahaConservative on June 22, 2012 at 6:14 PM | Delete | Delete and Ban

It looks like I may have a new power, who should I try it out on.

RickB on June 22, 2012 at 6:57 PM

As Rubio said today, “The single biggest contributor to illegal immigration is a burdensome, bureaucratic and complicated legal immigration process. There are millions of people in this country who would go back home if they thought they could come back here next year to work in their seasonal jobs. And I know of no one who wouldn’t rather immigrate legally if they could.”

WOW just WOW.

Is Rubio insane?

Does he think America can spend trillions more on these immigrants?

Does he have any idea that 26 Million Americans are looking for a job that is full time or even a job at all?

Does he value Immigrants more so than Americans.

So much for Romney saying they would self deport. Now he wants to open the gates full tilt so everyone can immigrate.

Mitt will destroy America far faster than Obama is if he even just gets this one item

Mitt though will want to destroy America in far more ways no doubt.

NoMittObama 2012

Just say NO.

Steveangell on June 22, 2012 at 6:57 PM

AP is taking a day off.

Ed Morrissey on June 22, 2012 at 5:28 PM

That bastard!

jaime on June 22, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Very true.

joana on June 22, 2012 at 7:04 PM


So much for Romney saying they would self deport. Now he wants to open the gates full tilt so everyone can immigrate.

Mitt will destroy America far faster than Obama is if he even just gets this one item

Mitt though will want to destroy America in far more ways no doubt.

NoMittObama 2012

Just say NO.

Steveangell on June 22, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Too much. If you’re going to be a moby, you need to be a little less obvious.

joana on June 22, 2012 at 7:06 PM

joana on June 22, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Although the embedded special effects was cool!

O_o

BlaxPac on June 22, 2012 at 7:12 PM

I often wonder what legal latino citizens really think about the invasion by the illegal ones. The powers that be seem to lump all of them together and make it sound as if the legal ones feel no differently than the illegals. I don’t like to think politicians have to pander to any one group, like latinos, to get their vote. We all should be one group, and the laws are the laws for everyone. Why should special promises be made to one or the other group based upon race, sex, etc.? I would be interested in your views as to how most of the legal latinos feel about this.

silvernana on June 22, 2012 at 6:41 PM

1 – You have plenty of polls, you don’t need to ask a “in this thread i’m going to be a latino” screename in a blog.

2 – What exactly are the promises being made based on race? What Rubio says is applicable to Latinos, Irish, Chinese, Russian, etc.

joana on June 22, 2012 at 7:12 PM

What don’t people understand about the definition of “illegal”?

ultracon on June 22, 2012 at 7:32 PM

1 – You have plenty of polls, you don’t need to ask a “in this thread i’m going to be a latino” screename in a blog.

2 – What exactly are the promises being made based on race? What Rubio says is applicable to Latinos, Irish, Chinese, Russian, etc.

joana on June 22, 2012 at 7:12 PM

I don’t believe I was talking to you joana. What is your problem with me asking the question? Again, I was interested in what legal latinos think about all this, not what Rubio said.

silvernana on June 22, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Every time I read what Rubio says about immigration reform, I think to myself “this guy could talk me into amnesty.” And that’s saying something.

As hard core conservative as I am, or perhaps because I’m a hard core conservative, I’ve been softening up on the whole immigration thing mostly because of my experience with Latinos. Knowing what kind of hell many of them go through to get here and stay here, and comparing them to people who live here but hate the US — well, let’s just say that I’m more open to relaxing things a bit than I used to be.

kdlee on June 22, 2012 at 7:40 PM

kdlee on June 22, 2012 at 7:40 PM

If you don’t respect the Rule of Law and the concept of our sovereignty then you’re no conservative at all.

Marxist Rubio is an azz who has no respect for America but merely wants to dole out favors to Spanish-speakers, for whatever reason, and call the rest of us racists. He needs to go away and STFU.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 22, 2012 at 7:49 PM

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