Rubio sends letter to Obama: This executive amnesty will destroy immigration reform for the foreseeable future

posted at 7:21 pm on August 26, 2014 by Allahpundit

Is this true? And if it is, isn’t destroying immigration reform the whole point from Obama’s point of view? The reaction in Washington to an executive mega-amnesty of five million people or more is unpredictable but has lots of upside for Democrats. If the GOP responds by angrily declaring reform dead until there’s a Republican in the White House, that’s fine for Dems. That makes it easier for them to campaign in 2016 among Latinos as the only party that’s done anything to normalize illegals. If instead the GOP panics and responds by clamoring for comprehensive reform next year in the House so that Republicans can share some credit for amnesty before 2016, that’s fine for Democrats too. They’ll still get most of the credit — it was Obama’s executive order that jarred the GOP into action, they’ll say — and meanwhile they’ll finally have an official congressionally authorized amnesty on the books, removing the legal cloud over Obama’s act.

The X factor here: What if public reaction to O’s order is ferociously negative, producing a GOP wave in November? Democrats haven’t quite gamed that one out yet.

After the experience of the last 18 months, I have become convinced that there is no realistic path forward on comprehensive reform for the foreseeable future. Instead, it is clear to me now that the only approach that has any chance of success is one that addresses our immigration problems in a series of sequential pieces of legislation

Your decision in 2012 to institute the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was a major impediment to passage of the kind of immigration reform our nation needs. No matter what we tried to do to institute meaningful enforcement measures in the Senate bill, opponents pointed to DACA as evidence of your unwillingness to enforce the law. They argued that no matter what we wrote into law on enforcement, your administration would simply ignore it.

Furthermore, your pursuit of unilateral action in the midst of an election year, without any concern for the policy ramifications, has played a significant role in the humanitarian and security crisis that has been occurring on our border with Mexico.

That is not my opinion, but rather the opinion of the Presidents of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, who pointed to the “ambiguity” of America’s immigration laws – which DACA exacerbated – as having a direct impact on the immigration crisis we now see playing out on our borders. While it is true legally that those who are arriving are not eligible to relief under DACA, coyotes and human traffickers do not share the details of our immigration laws and policies with those they seek to exploit. In fact, data released by your administration, shows a consistent increase in the number of unaccompanied minor children crossing our southern border following the implementation of DACA. The arrival of more than 56,000 unaccompanied minor children through June of this year alone, and more than 74,000 since 2012, proves that many of them believe it.

The fact that Rubio’s now endorsing a piecemeal, sequential “security first” option is getting media attention today but it’s really nothing new. His retreat from comprehensive reform has been a long one. He was talking up a sequential approach last October, with the ink on the Gang of Eight bill newly dry, after he temporarily became border hawks’ public enemy number one. Some of his staff praised a sequential approach even before he got involved in the Gang of Eight. Note the statement here from Alex Conant, just a few weeks after Election Day 2012, about Rubio’s preference on how to handle immigration. Whether you think that’s an honest description of his beliefs or just savvy messaging by his team, talking up the sort of piecemeal reform that conservatives like while pursuing the opposite with Chuck Schumer, I leave for you to judge. Either way, Rubio’s been making skeptical noises about O’s executive amnesty all year to signal to righties that he’s back on the border security team. Here’s something from January, and then something more from April. The only thing that’s changed between now and then, really, is that now he has some empirical evidence via the border crisis that executive amnesties are a really bad idea.

But wait. We can’t let him off this easily. If Rubio thinks executive amnesty is a potentially fatal blow to immigration reform in Congress, why on earth did he say this last summer?

“I believe that this president will be tempted, if nothing happens in Congress, he will be tempted to issue an executive order like he did for the DREAM Act kids a year ago, where he basically legalizes 11 million people by the sign of a pen. Now, we won’t get an E-Verify, we won’t get any border security. But he’ll legalize them,” the Florida senator told Tallahassee radio host Preston Scott…

“Unless we’re going to try to round up and deport 11 million people — something that not even the most vociferous opponent of the [Senate] bill proposed — then we are going to have to at some point address this issue,” Rubio said. “We can’t leave, in my mind, the way it is. Because I think a year from now we could find ourselves with all 11 million people here legally under an executive order from the president, but no E-Verify, no more border security, no more border agents, none of the other reforms that we desperately need.”

That was prescient in one sense — here we are a year later, in exactly the position he described — but pitiful in another. Clearly Rubio was implying that Congress should go ahead and pass comprehensive reform in order to preempt executive action by Obama. He saw the White House’s blackmail attempt coming from a mile away (“give us what we want or we’ll take what we want”) and basically counseled appeasing them. If it was a smart idea to get half a loaf last year by passing the Gang of Eight bill and preempting O, why isn’t it a smart idea now? Why doesn’t Rubio tell Obama in his open letter today, “Yes! I’m ready to work with you on a deal. Please, just don’t issue that order!”? I don’t get it. Is it because some media outlets, liberals among them, are waking up to the fact that O’s order would be legally dubious, giving Rubio and the GOP some political space in which to push back? That’s fine if so, but why wasn’t Rubio pounding that point himself last year instead of nudging Congress to pass something before Obama gets angry?

Here’s video of a bunch of a DREAMers confronting him during a speech in South Carolina. Greg Sargent and other lefties are grumbling that his response, about people not having a right to come to America illegally, means Rubio hates DREAMers now or something and therefore the GOP is crazier than evah on immigration. In fact, one of the last lines of Rubio’s letter to O mentions DREAMers as one of the many sympathetic groups caught up in America’s immigration snafu: “The ‘dreamers’ who graduated at the top of their class but face an uncertain future.” If Sargent and other Dems want to tell themselves that this guy’s going to start deporting DACA enrollees as president, they’re kidding themselves. But we all need motivations to vote, real or imagined.


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Do you mean like the one you pushed Marco, destroyed your career?

De Oppresso Liber on August 26, 2014 at 7:24 PM

I hope the top loses the House and the Senate.

They deserve it, but they still wouldn’t learn it.

#gopworthless

#whydoweneedacongress?

PappyD61 on August 26, 2014 at 7:24 PM

learn from it.

PappyD61 on August 26, 2014 at 7:24 PM

“This” executive amnesty?

Rubio’s knowledgeable of “it”? I mean, no announcement YET about any “executive amnesty,” so I wonder if we should be gripping our sets for the news dump this Friday, August 29 — is that what Rubio is letting slip?

Lourdes on August 26, 2014 at 7:25 PM

political double talk, amnesty is immigration reform, so if he does it they won’t need immigration reform.

RonK on August 26, 2014 at 7:25 PM

This will be the proverbial straw that breaks the camels (our)back.
Go ahead and foist this on us, dog eater, keep pushing… keep pushing..

bernzright777 on August 26, 2014 at 7:25 PM

the “top”……no matter how many times i type GOP in lowercase letters the IMAC will not let me do it.

#gopdeservestobelowercase

PappyD61 on August 26, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Here’s laughing at Rubio, terryannonline and all the traitors of the USA!

Schadenfreude on August 26, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Here’s laughing at all the D-rats running for any office in a red state!

Schadenfreude on August 26, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Here’s laughing at other assorted weasels of the land!

Schadenfreude on August 26, 2014 at 7:27 PM

The fact that Rubio’s now endorsing a piecemeal, sequential “security first” option is getting media attention today but it’s really nothing new. His retreat from comprehensive reform has been a long one. He was talking up a sequential approach last October, with the ink on the Gang of Eight bill newly dry…

Every doubt most have alleged about Rubio’s intents are likely quite reliable as fact. He IS an advocate for amnesty just as Jeb Bush is and the rest of the Chamber-Soros-associated in the GOP (John McCain, Lindsey Graham included).

Time to be clear for us voters because that’s their plan, amnesty, “open borders” to some degree (more not less) and they’re going to continue to play around with the public trust on this issue, just as the Democrats do.

There is no such thing as “cheap labor” and voters need to know that.

Lourdes on August 26, 2014 at 7:29 PM

The Rinos are in on this too. Rubio is just making noise in an attempt to salvage his ambitions.

Where are Mitch the turtle and John Bender on this.

I am no longer a voter. I will spend election days buying ammo from now on.

Time to sit back and watch it burn.

Exninja on August 26, 2014 at 7:29 PM

I think it’s cute that Rubio thinks Obama gives 2 sh*ts abt any letter. Just like I find it cute when somebody wants me to sign a petition against the government as if they care. Bill Nelson is in no danger of losing his job. Nor is Wasserman Schultz. Nor is Pelosi or Reid.

Judge_Dredd on August 26, 2014 at 7:29 PM

By the way, George Soros donated monies to Lindsey Graham’s campaign…and so did Soros’ daughter.

Lourdes on August 26, 2014 at 7:29 PM

minor children

This phrase alone shows he is still pandering and plotting to pass amnesty.

Bill-Republic of Texas on August 26, 2014 at 7:31 PM

The X factor here: What if public reaction to O’s order is ferociously negative, producing a GOP wave in November? Democrats haven’t quite gamed that one out yet.

Guaranteed backlash.

1986 – “There will be no more amnesty. We will secure our borders.”

2014 – “Trust us, we know what we’re doing.”

Yeah? Then WHY are we still dealing with the problem AGAIN 28 years later?

GarandFan on August 26, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Now if only the Chamber of Commerce and big business can get the message—Congress is not for sale on this issue! If you bribe our representatives, they will be gone in the next election cycle.

Rovin on August 26, 2014 at 7:33 PM

I am no longer a voter. I will spend election days buying ammo from now on.

Time to sit back and watch it burn.

Exninja on August 26, 2014 at 7:29 PM

I’m always sorry to read reactions such as that. I don’t agree with giving up on voting like that…

However, I understand it. Us voters are NOT abided by, we just are not taken into consideration by government. I still vote and will continue to, however, if only on principle.

I take it for granted that political candidates lie or otherwise stretch reality past a trustworthy point during campaigning. I pay attention to the party I’m voting for more than anything lately and could never, and will never, vote Democrat for that reason. The GOP has muddied itself terribly, I agree, but not voting is just giving up.

Lourdes on August 26, 2014 at 7:33 PM

I’ve heard tell its something in the water in DC.

Bmore on August 26, 2014 at 7:35 PM

What’s going to happen when the flood caused by DACA turns into a tsunami with Amnesty?

Why would anyone not believe it’ll happen again and again and again?

DinaRehn on August 26, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Too many words. I got about halfway through it. Maybe a beer will help.

DanMan on August 26, 2014 at 7:36 PM

minor children

This phrase alone shows he is still pandering and plotting to pass amnesty.

Bill-Republic of Texas on August 26, 2014 at 7:31 PM

I agree.

Politicians see “potential voters” and their ethics go haywire.

Rubio, like others with his same watery character, are leaky. Like boats with hull-holes, they’re leaky.

Lourdes on August 26, 2014 at 7:36 PM

On second thought—If you bribe our representatives, we WILL boycott your companies. Period!

Rovin on August 26, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Rubio is toast.

What if public reaction to O’s order is ferociously negative, producing a GOP wave in November?

If?

No if about it.

And the Demos better start considering it.

formwiz on August 26, 2014 at 7:38 PM

lynn sweet says its more or less over

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is poised to take action on immigration by the end of September, with the White House working on details relating to significant policy changes in the wake of Congress failing to act, sources told me.

Sources who have been in meetings at the White House said the decision for Obama to act has been made, legal reviews have been conducted, and “right now it is a question of timing, scale, how to pay for it and how to make it work.”

i.e. before the election or after; 5M or 10M.

how to make it work is just blah, blah…i mean really, did they care how obama.care was going to work? Please

r keller on August 26, 2014 at 7:39 PM

HOW do we get these race-based advocacy/lobbyist groups away from government?

Because they seem to be the source to the DC-lodged politicians of these nation-destroying “actions” like amnesty. People go to DC, they are then steeped in some false reality that these advocacy/lobbyists represent the nation’s views and then they ignore the voters. It’s a big problem with our government, to say the least.

Lourdes on August 26, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Bmore, please post the 8 mariachis, for crying out loud. Thanks.

Schadenfreude on August 26, 2014 at 7:40 PM

r keller on August 26, 2014 at 7:40 PM

If he does that, ahead of the Nov. elections, he wants to lose the senate.

Schadenfreude on August 26, 2014 at 7:41 PM

For reference, if anyone wants to boycott, there’s this for starters:

La Raza
Corporate Board of Advisors

Since 1982, NCLR has benefited from the expertise of its Corporate Board of Advisors (CBA) in an effort to advance the interests of Hispanic Americans. This impressive group of senior executives and liaisons from 24 key corporations meets twice a year to receive updates on NCLR’s activities, dialogue about current matters, and make decisions about issues and programs of concern. Through ongoing communication with the CBA, NCLR strengthens each CBA member’s capacity to attract and serve the Hispanic population.

AT&T
Bank of America
Chevron
Citi
The Coca-Cola Company
Comcast NBCUniversal Telemundo
ConAgra Foods, Inc.
Ford Motor Company
General Mills, Inc.
General Motors
Johnson & Johnson
Kraft Foods
McDonald’s Corporation
MillerCoors LLC
PepsiCo Inc.
Prudential Financial
Shell
State Farm Insurance Companies
Time Warner Inc.
Toyota
UPS
Verizon
Walmart
Wells Fargo

Lourdes on August 26, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Does anybody else crack up at all the letters they send each other. No wonder nothing gets done – they are too busy writing letters to people.

gophergirl on August 26, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Blah, blah, blah, Rubio.

Your still dead to me, GOPe sellout.

captnjoe on August 26, 2014 at 7:47 PM

If he does that, ahead of the Nov. elections, he wants to lose the senate.

Schadenfreude on August 26, 2014 at 7:41 PM

i’m sure that’s one of his factors…why not wait till late November

but i’m not so sure he cares that much…he was willing to take some hits for obamacare in 2010. Legacy and all that.

And maybe it will give him a thrill. Rather than rely on Reid to clamp down on legislation go ahead and get Mitch in there. I mean would you want to have tea with Mitch?

I think he wouldn’t mind going full gun fight with the RINOs. Prep the field for hillary…or whoever

r keller on August 26, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Pack it up, Rubio. You’re done like dinner.

Aizen on August 26, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Dear Putt,

Whaaaaaaaaaaa! I wanted to do it. Not fair! Not fair!

Love,

Puto.

HornetSting on August 26, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Rubio was once a darling of Tea Gabbers.

Now Tea Gabbers loathe him.

Oh my, how things have changed in 4 short years.

Ned Pepper on August 26, 2014 at 7:54 PM

Rubio did not a strongly worded letter to the president. He sent a press release. That is why we found out about it.

coolrepublica on August 26, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Rubio sends love letter to obama:

Dear Bunny ♥ Butt,

This “executive” AMNESTY plan that you’re pushing is exactly the same as the AMNESTY plan that I have been pushing for two years, but, if you push it, you will destroy our hopes of ramming AMNESTY through, for the foreseeable future. So please, just wait until I’m president, and, as my very first “executive” act, I will grant AMNESTY to all 20-30 MILLION illegals, and then we’ll both be happy.

All my love, Marco ♥

xoxoxoxoxoxo

P.S. – I really miss our late-night hot tub parties – call me the next time the old ball and chain is out of town.

Pork-Chop on August 26, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Now Tea Gabbers loathe him.

Oh my, how things have changed in 4 short years.

Ned Pepper on August 26, 2014 at 7:54 PM

Tea Gabbers, eh HAL? Care to sing Daisy?

Judge_Dredd on August 26, 2014 at 8:02 PM

No it won’t. Once that is passed it won’t matter, there is no way to track who is who and when was when. A first step here…and then a little more. More socialist doctrine of “The Inevitability of Incrementalism”…more “Door in The Face” psychological technique.

Over and over and over, we keep falling for the same bullshit. Why is that?

Mimzey on August 26, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Rubio is just jealous. He wants to be the one to grand amnesty.

VorDaj on August 26, 2014 at 8:04 PM

It’s fair to say Ned believes there will be no consquences which is why Ned is a fool….

sorrowen on August 26, 2014 at 8:08 PM

It’s fair to say Ned believes there will be no consquences which is why Ned is a fool….

sorrowen on August 26, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Ned is a banned troll HotAirLib. HAL for short.

Judge_Dredd on August 26, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Why would anyone trust this guy ….again ?
Breitbart did a piece on him today as a
” likely candidate ” .
Me thinks Marco Boy is in for a rude awakening .

Lucano on August 26, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Oh my, how things have changed in 4 short years.

Ned Pepper on August 26, 2014 at 7:54 PM

Thats right. Conservatives actually based things on facts and not blind sycophancy. When the facts change the judgement changes.

Duh.

Mimzey on August 26, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Rubio: Your amnesty is going to ruin my amnesty!

Darksean on August 26, 2014 at 8:22 PM

The X factor here: What if public reaction to O’s order is ferociously negative, producing a GOP wave in November?

Then republicans will control two houses of congress that refuse to do anything about Obama.

Thats right. Conservatives actually based things on facts and not blind sycophancy. When the facts change the judgement changes.

Duh.

Mimzey

Ned on the other hand will always bend over on command no matter what his party does.

xblade on August 26, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Rubio trying to restore his good name. Sorry, fool me once shame on you…
No comprehensive immigration reform!
Enforce the existing immigration laws!
Secure the borders!
NO AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS!

Norace on August 26, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Dear Putt,

Whaaaaaaaaaaa! I wanted to do it. Not fair! Not fair!

Love,

Puto.

HornetSting on August 26, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Heh.

/waves

Stray Cat on August 26, 2014 at 8:30 PM

no matter how many times i type GOP in lowercase letters the IMAC will not let me do it.
PappyD61 on August 26, 2014 at 7:26 PM

People still use those? (IMacs, I mean – not lowercase characters)

whatcat on August 26, 2014 at 8:30 PM

HornetSting on August 26, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Heh.

/waves

Stray Cat on August 26, 2014 at 8:30 PM

/waves back

HornetSting on August 26, 2014 at 8:38 PM

The X factor here: What if public reaction to O’s order is ferociously negative,

I’ve always thought it was the timing. If the EO is announced soon, this regime is counting on the sheeples having 2 months to resign themselves to a done deal no matter their initial negative reaction.

Look at the border mess. Many were outraged in the beginning, but time seems to have worn them down and we don’t hear much grumbling now.

Still, Rubio is foolish if he thinks he can reason with a thug.

WhirledPeas on August 26, 2014 at 8:40 PM

If you read the whole letter, it’s absolutely clear that Rubio is sorry the Gang of 8 bill failed and now he’s bitterly resigned to the fact that they’ll have to (pretend to) secure the border first and grant amnesty second.

In addition, the length of the “letter” certainly does confirm that it’s a press release. There is no way in hell Obama would read anything of that length.

arhooley on August 26, 2014 at 8:48 PM

why would anyone care what marco rubio thinks or writes anymore.

he’s done for.

adios niño aqua.

renalin on August 26, 2014 at 9:01 PM

omg, the more I read of that letter . . .

At the heart of this issue are the people who are affected by it: the American worker whose wages are undercut by illegal workers. The rancher who lives in fear from the cartels and the coyotes. The brilliant young chemist who got her Ph.D. but can’t get a green card. The young mother risking everything to give her child a chance at a better life. The “dreamers” who graduated at the top of their class but face an uncertain future. The Border Patrol agent who brought diapers and formula from his home to care for the children that have been pouring over the border.

How about that? The American worker and the rancher are on the same level as those “dreamers,” “young mothers” tossing their kids across the border into the American welfare system, and the people who break under the humanitarian disaster that the lawbreakers impose on us.

arhooley on August 26, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Rubio’s letter will most likely cause The One to “go big” and amnesty the entire 11 million they admit to, followed by “discovering” 19 to 25 million more and amnestying them as well, on grounds of “fairness”.

Citizenship and voter registration to follow momentarily.

Telling The One not to do something causes a Pavlovian reaction. He does it, and if possible doubles it, so he can flaunt it in your face.

As a bonus, he can tell himself that his legacy includes Absolute Power Forever for all “right-thinking” progressive Dems. A captive voting bloc of 25 to 30 million people accustomed to a one-party state means the United States goes the way of every country in the Third World. Which of course is The One’s penultimate dream.

His ultimate one is still being proclaimed Ultimate Totality God Of Everything For The Rest Of Eternity, of course. So he can sit on a mountaintop, babble incoherent “commands” in no known language, and hurl lightning bolts at anyone who is too slow in obeying.

Think of Clash of the Titans (either version) with Zeus as a drooling, psychopathic idiot. (I.e., IQ below 50 on Stanford/Binet.)

clear ether

eon

eon on August 26, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Rubio is an idiot.

skilaki on August 26, 2014 at 9:59 PM

Rubio is a two-faced lying crony politician trying to get re-elected and/or run for higher office.

Florida, please vote him out and send him back to the private sector.

FloatingRock on August 26, 2014 at 10:26 PM

The Rinos are in on this too. Rubio is just making noise in an attempt to salvage his ambitions.
Exninja on August 26, 2014 at 7:29 PM

An Obama executive order would be like viagra for the RINOs

The GOP leadership has not stood up to any executive orders.

Michael Savage thinks Romney threw the second debate. Boehner let Obama walk all over the law and now on the bucket list is amnesty. The DEMs needed Nixon to open China – which killed the blue collar DEM working class. The RINOs needed a black socialist DEM to eliminate sovereignty, which will kill the blue collar GOP (tea party).

“This” executive amnesty?

Rubio’s knowledgeable of “it”?

Lourdes on August 26, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Greedy little twerp couldn’t wait. He can go to Hades

Time to sit back and watch it burn.
Exninja on August 26, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Hollow point purchases say Obama is hoping. I will vote but not for the club. I will write in. They have sleepers in this campaign who would turn RINO the minute the polls close.

Look how Ryan cleaved himself to Romney. All over the MSM with the usual copy. Rubio is being rehab’d in case Ryan dont float.

I know Obama wants to stoke rioting. It seems the RINOs want the same thing. I am not being facetious.

entagor on August 26, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Illegal immigration is as American as apple pie. I prefer legal immigration with permission but the native American in me thinks its funny watching the Eurotrash get all lathered up over this.

lexhamfox on August 27, 2014 at 3:32 AM

I was a huge supporter of Rubio, and voted for him in 2010 when he ran against Crist in the primary. I believed in him 100%. Told people he would be president one day.

Then – he goes to Washington. If there is a better example as to how that town corrupts ideals, show him to me. In record time, he threw in with the big-business wing of the party supporting amnesty.

He is a major reason we are having the amnesty discussion now – his early support, standing with Schumer, Durbin, McCain, Graham, etc – gave that cause a huge push of creditability to move forward.

I will never vote for him, I will never listen to him, and I will never trust him, again.

golds1 on August 27, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Rubio is a major toolbag and worse for this country than Ofoofoo. Barry is an unapologetic marxist idiot that believes he is delivering ‘social justice’and building a socialists fantasy land on the backs of productive people. He is easy to understand. Rubio is supposed to be the opposition party and is supposed to be on our side. Here is my letter to Marco :

Dear Marco,

We already have immigration laws. They are already the most generous immigration laws on planet earth for law abiding people seeking a better life. We also already have laws that detail what is to be done with people that enter and remain in this country illegally. ENFORCE OUR CURRENT LAWS AND CLOSE AND DEFEND OUR BORDERS. DO YOUR EFFING JOB OR RESIGN YOUR OFFICE!

Best Regards,

DeweyWins

DeweyWins on August 27, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Sheriff Joe for Pres!

Herb on August 27, 2014 at 12:06 PM