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Senator Rubio Pushes Forward on Immigration Reform With New Staff Hire

By Javier Manjarres

Senator Rubio and Alberto Martinez sharing a laugh

Senator Rubio and Alberto Martinez sharing a laugh

If anyone thinks that Senator Marco Rubio is going to abandon his push to overhaul our broken immigration system- especially after President Obama stole Rubio’s thunder as he bypassed Congress with his own so-called “Dream Act,” they are sadly mistaken.

Rubio’s two latest staff hirings-  Albert Martinez, as his new Deputy Chief of Staff and Brooke Sammon as his new Deputy Press Secretary are affirmative steps that signal Rubio’s intent to improve Republican messaging targeted towards Latinos.

Because Rubio is perceived as being a  natural fit to help develop the non-existent ‘Latino’ message for the Republican party, his hiring of Martinez is key, as he will undoubtedly play an integral part in crafting and disseminating any immigration reform legislation that Rubio first outlined in 2012.

Martinez will not only be assisting Rubio on immigration issues, but he will be also be helping him develop other policy initiatives that Rubio has been working on since taking office in 2010.

Martinez previously worked for Rubio as a consultant with his Reclaim American PAC and he also worked with both Governor Jeb Bush and President George W.  Bush’s  2004 reelection campaign.  Martinez was also instrumental in crafting Rubio’s memorable 2010 senatorial campaign message that defeated former Republican and now Democrat Charlie Crist.

Rubio and Martinez, who are both natives of Miami, have close ties since their days working together in the Florida House of Representatives.  Rubio’s  current Communications Director Alex Burgos is also expected to play a big role in Rubio’s ‘Latino’ messaging.

Rubio released a statement discussing his new staff hires and what role they’ll be playing-

  “I look forward to the legislative work we’ll be doing in the 113th Congress, including our initiatives to expand middle class opportunities and reform America’s broken immigration system. These new hires will bolster the great team we have to serve the people of Florida and help us advance these important initiatives.”-Senator Marco Rubio

All eyes will continue to remain on Rubio and how he will counter President Obama’s amnesty-favoring immigration agenda.

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Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor

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  • Tea Party Voter

    If we as Republicans don’t come up with a fair plan on immigration real soon… Then we will lose the Hispanic vote for decades!!! We must give Rubio a chance. If not, Obama will give full AMNESTY and that will be a disaster in so many ways!

    • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/americanstatesman American Statesman

      What ever happened to being an AMERICAN??? LET’S GIVE LEGAL AMERICANS A CHANCE. LET’S GIVE LEGAL IMMIGRATION A CHANCE?

      STOP DRINKING THE GOP KOOL-AID!

      • Walker

        YOu are absolutely right, American Statesman. :)
        I am not voting for Rubio again.

        • Cherieo3

          Come, come Statesman and Walker. This is a big problem and Marco is doing the right thing in trying to make some changes for even those who came to the USA legally and want to see that others do the same.
          Come on…Marco is on the right path. It is a BIG project to do the right thing. Let us Conservatives in Florida help him. 3-cheers for Marco Rubio!

    • Rich

      Here’s what you have to understand.
      BOTH PARTIES will do little or nothing about illegal immigration.
      Why, you ask??
      The Democrats want and need their votes.
      The republicans do nothing because their corporate sponsors want the cheap labor.
      Nothing significant will be done until we take the money/bribes out of politics.

      • m wade

        Absolutely right. If the GOP, and that includes Rubio whom I like, support this then I will be done with the GOP. Comprehensive immigration reform is nothing more than Amnesty for the illegals, votes for the Democrats and cheap labor for the establisment GOP. There is always some token mention of border security which never happens.

  • zc

    I’m here to learn from all of you. Can someone explain to me in which way is our immigration system broken and what exactly needs fixing?

    • Walker

      I completely agree zc!!

    • Rich

      What needs “fixing” is deporting the illegals YESTERDAY!!

  • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/americanstatesman American Statesman

    United we stand – Divided we fall.

    Are We Americans or Latinos? You cannot be both.

    If the GOP (and the Shark Tank) was not so STUPID….they would embrace being UNITED as AMERICANS and nothing but AMERICANS.

    When will Rubio embrace being an American and not a Latino?

    If Rubio wants to be a South American Latino, then don’t let the door hit him in the ****.

    2013 – Time to going back to being “One Nation Under God” and a United People. IT IS TIME TO BE AMERICANS AND NOTHING BUT AMERICANS.

    UNITED AMERICANS WE STAND – A DIVIDED AMERICA WILL DIE!

    • Walker

      I agree with you 100% I do not like the fact that Rubio refers to himself as Cuban-American. We should all be AMERICANS . . .period. If you feel the need to hypnenate, then consider making the other country that you are loyal to your native land. Africa,or Cuba, etc.

      • Rich

        It’s funny, I can’t remember anyone’s parents or grandparents I grew up with referring to themselves as Italian-Americans, German-Americans, Polish-Americans, Irish-Americans, Swedish-Americans or ANYTHING like that.
        All the immigrants I knew of referred to themselves as AMERICANS.
        Why is it that Latin-Americans can’t grasp the fact that they, hopefully, came here to be Americans through and through, not just halfway?
        It is time for everyone to devote themselves to what is good for all Americans, not just one particular ethnic group of immigrants.

        • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/americanstatesman American Statesman

          Exactly!

          Being an American means you came from someplace else. “Native Americans” was reserved for the Indians. Everyone else used to be AMERICANS.

          Theodore Roosevelt was right….

          “WE CAN HAVE NO “50-50″ ALLEGIANCE IN THIS COUNTRY. EITHER A MAN IS AN AMERICAN AND NOTHING ELSE, OR HE IS NOT AN AMERICAN AT ALL.”

          The sad fact is the anti-AMERICANS – aka “Progressive Liberals” have been successful in dividing our nation so that we are no longer a united people. If AMERICANS DO NOT COME TOGETHER AS ONE PEOPLE – AMERICANS AND NOTHING BUT AMERICANS THE ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT PROGRESSIVE LIBERALS WIN AND THE U.S.A. GOES THE WAY OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE. That is the very sad fact.

          RUBIO IS ANOTHER LIBERAL PROGRESSIVE RINO that will gladly sacrifice the U.S.A. Rubio is a Latino not an AMERICAN. Americans must take ownership of their government and their ballot box. Stop being sheeples to the corrupt news media and the political parties.

          UNITED AMERICANS WE WILL STAND….BUT DIVIDED WE DO NOT HAVE A CHANCE.

        • john hobby

          Let’s be honest. As long as anyone calls themselves a hyphenated-American, they can use the race card at will, a very precious commodity and useful tool for them.

          • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/americanstatesman American Statesman

            I totally agree. Racism is a very strong card that is used to divide AMERICANS. Maybe every American should use their hyphenated ethnic background and marginalize this Hispanic/Latino racism factor/game that is being played.

            That makes me a Portuguese American. A group that has been totally ignored by both Republicans and Democrats.

    • Cherieo3

      And WHO, Mr. American Stateman has been the ONE to DIVIDE this country??? What say you??? And that ONE will keep it going as long as possible!

  • Nancy Celano

    Marco Rubio is on the right track. Despite so much backlash concerning the immigration issue, it must be faced. I am totally against any illegal immigration from any nation, but, agree with making it easier for legal immigration. After all, all our families originally immigrated from elsewhere. I doubt we can do much about the illegal immigrants already here. I would suggest that they be assured that, if they register their presence, and begin to pay taxes the way the rest of us do, they will be accepted. They must prove that they will pull their weight. We have found that Hispanics who work, and don’t get into trouble, are very hard workers.

    • Walker

      Excuse me, but I think the problem is that Rubio is trying to help the ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

      • m wade

        Agreed. I thought Rubio was smarter than this, and I hoped his American values would be stronger. If you are an illegal immiigrant or own a sweat shop vote for Rubio. If you are a hard working conservative American go fishing come election day.

    • Cherieo3

      Agree Nancy….they are hard working people and your post explains it very well.

  • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/americanstatesman American Statesman

    Our Immigration system is NOT broken. THE PROBLEM IS NO ONE ENFORCES THE CURRENT IMMIGRATION LAWS. The U.S.A. has the most open immigration policy in the world. WE DO NOT NEED IMMIGRATION REFORM – WE NEED IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT. Those elected to public office to serve the public have no intention of serving the public. Their job is to spend all of their time getting re-elected, support their political friends and DO NOTHING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    This is exactly why our country is facing bankruptcy!

    There are no AMERICANS IN WASHINGTON DC. Only Democrats and Republicans…..absolutely no representation for the AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    Rubio is just another Anti-American RINO that rejects the true meaning of being an AMERICAN

    • FloridaGirl7

      I am sorry but I don’t like thieves. How do these people work? They us stolen SS# Many Americans life is thrown up side down by thier credit being destroyed. They are probably the rudest people that I have ever seen. go to a grocery store or even better go to Walmarts. They all use food stamps. Marco can either be a American or a Latino. You can not serve 2 countries.

    • Cherieo3

      Rubio is just another Anti-American RINO that rejects the true meaning of being an AMERICAN

      WRONG, WRONG, WRONG..American Statesman..
      Marco is NOT A RINO…get that out of your head!!

    • m wade

      100% agree!

  • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/americanstatesman American Statesman

    Here is the Congressional Oath of Office that Rubio and DC gang of thugs violate everyday…….

    I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

  • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/americanstatesman American Statesman

    Here is the American’s Creed – It is up to AMERICANS to save the U.S.A. forget the TREASONOUS TRAITORS IN PUBLIC OFFICE. THEY DO NOT WORK FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE – STOP DRINKING THEIR KOOL-AID.

    The American’s Creed
    by William Tyler Page

    I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed, a democracy in a republic, a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.

    I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.

    –Written 1917, accepted by the United States House of Representatives on April 3, 1918.
    Copied from http://www.ushistory.org/documents/creed.htm

  • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/americanstatesman American Statesman

    As President Theodore Roosevelt said…..

    “WE CAN HAVE NO “50-50″ ALLEGIANCE IN THIS COUNTRY. EITHER A MAN IS AN AMERICAN AND NOTHING ELSE, OR HE IS NOT AN AMERICAN AT ALL.”

    “In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man’s becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile…We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language…and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.” Letter to the American Defense Society in 1919.”

    “Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or to leave the country,” he said in a statement to the Kansas City Star in 1918. “English should be the only language taught or used in the public schools.”

    “We can have no “50-50″ allegiance in this country. Either a man is an American and nothing else, or he is not an American at all.”
    =================================================

    Marco Rubio has decided to NOT embrace being a AMERICAN AND NOTHING BUT AN AMERICAN. THUS, HE IS NOT AN AMERICAN AT ALL! Rubio is just another GOP hand selected RINO Treasonous Traitor.

    AMERICANS NEED TO GO BACK TO BEING INDEPENDENT THINKING INDIVIDUALS WHO OWN THEIR VOTE AND STOP BEING SHEEPLE TO THE POLITICAL PARTIES. BE AMERICANS – NOT REPUBLICANS – NOT DEMOCRATS – NOT LIBERTARIANS…..ETC ETC ETC.

  • Bill Low

    Republicans in the Congress should help Sen. Rubio expedite his legislation and the House should take steps to put the Obama Administration’s proposal in a distant second position.
    This is a great example where the needs of the Nation should take the lead and individual political ambitions should be set asside.

  • Bill Low

    Go Rubio!
    GOP Congressional Leaders must get behind this legislation as a first order of business.

    • Cherieo3

      You are right on, Bill Low…good posts. American Statesman is getting a bit carried away here.

  • Jacqueline

    I am of German – Irish American background and proud of it! However, when asked my nationality I say American! I do not hyphenate it!
    What language people use in their own families and neighborhoods is their business. What language is used in any and all Official Actions and in our schools must be a unified English. Otherwise we become a land of warring tribes!
    Seal our borders against all illegals of any nationality! Eliminate such as “Birth Right Citizenship” and “Chain Right”. Streamline the whole process for Legal Immigration BUT NO AMNESTIES FOR ANY WHO CAME ILLEGALLY OVER THE AGE OF 13 – THE age of reason! One amnesty always leads to more and more illegals. America, now more than ever, is NOT A LAND OF INFINITE RESOURCES. FOR OUR SURVIVAL AS A COUNTRY THAT MUST BE KEPT FOREFRONT OF ALL LEGISLATION.

    • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/americanstatesman American Statesman

      Absolutely! What ever happened to the “Rule of Law”?

      President George Washington warned us about the Anti-Americans who would try to divide We the People into factions/warring tribes to usurp the will of a people to the will of a political party or faction/groups/associations………

      President George Washington’s Farewell Address…..
      17 All obstructions to the execution of the Laws, all combinations and associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, control, counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities, are destructive of this fundamental principle, and of fatal tendency. They serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation, the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels, and modified by mutual interests.

      18 However combinations or associations of the above description may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people, and to usurp for themselves the reins of government; destroying afterwards the very engines, which have lifted them to unjust dominion.

  • Pedro Bosmenier

    Marco Rubio is not a cuban-american, he is an American, despite his feeling and he cmust acts as it is. cogratulations for him

    • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/americanstatesman American Statesman

      It is Rubio who constantly promotes being a “Latino”.

      Here is a message I sent to Rubio……

      Once again you are pushing “The Dream Act” and trashing our Constitution. Will you ever be an American and nothing but an American? OR Will you always be a “Latino” that hates being an American in America?

      You as most of our elected public servants totally fail to understand what your job is. You demonstrate a total failure to understand the role of government and lack any understanding of our Constitution.

      1) First off, you totally fail to understand the meaning of being an AMERICAN! “We the People” of the United States of America cannot be UNITED if you keep DIVIDING US. It is time to be an AMERICAN AND NOTHING BUT AN AMERICAN. STOP DIVIDING AMERICANS INTO FACTIONS. YOU ARE DESTROYING THE TRUE MEANING OF BEING AN AMERICAN.
      2) Secondly, IT IS YOUR JOB AS A U.S. SENATOR TO ENSURE OUR BORDERS ARE SAFE. THE #1 ROLE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS NATIONAL SECURITY….NOT OBAMACARE, EDUCATION, EPA, ETC ETC ETC.
      3) The real problem with IMMIGRATION is the TOTAL FAILURE OF YOU AND THE DC GANG OF THUGS TO REFUSE TO ENFORCE THE CURRENT IMMIGRATION LAWS and FAILURE TO SECURE OUR NATIONAL BORDERS.

      Definition of AMNESTY – aka Pardon
      In criminal law, a sovereign act of oblivion or forgetfulness (from Greek amnestia, “forgetfulness”) granted by a government, especially to a group of persons who are guilty of (usually political) crimes in the past. It is often conditional upon the group’s return to obedience and duty within a prescribed period.

      NO AMNESTY TO LAW BREAKERS AKA ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.
      YES TO THE RULE OF LAW AND OUR CONSTITUTION!
      THE RNC & DNC SHOULD BE “PROUD TO BE AMERICANS”
      AMERICAN FIRST – NOT REPUBLICANS – NOT LATINOS!!!!!!
      BE AN AMERICAN IN AMERICA OR LEAVE AMERICA!!!!!!

  • Walker

    I agree completely with everything that American Statesman is saying!!!!
    Go American Statesman!
    I will NOT vote for Rubio again.

    • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/americanstatesman American Statesman

      Thank You….Thank You…..Thank You Walker! Please spread the word!

      For the Record…..I did not vote for Rubio. I knew what he did while he was Speaker of the FL House……

      Eleven times Speaker Rubio BLOCKED LEGISLATION TO STOP ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION in Florida. Rubio is loyal to the Latinos….NOT AMERICANS!

      Rubio is another GOP Liberal Progressive RINO.

  • Lightweight

    WEe already have an immigration policy,it is only missing being Enforced.The only reason Rubio wants “fix” the “broken immigration” as you clled is because support ceriminals gettiong amnesty.You are wanting crime to go up.This is reprobation.

  • Thomas One

    Lets face it there is no legal immigration for working class immigrants. I agree with reducing illegal immigration by fence, by stricter border controls etc but not by harassment. Bush had it right with a Guest Worker Visa program where an employer was responsible for the cost of leaving the country at the end of the term or if there was a violation such as committing a crime. There is a dilemma here as in the eyes of God there is no illegal person and to persecute others is morally wrong, especially the weakest among us. Many employers would be willing to provide more support for their workers in a guest capacity with a one year term. For low paid workers the employer may be obligated to collect a 10% guest worker tax. We need workers of all categories – waiters, cooks, hotel maids, house maids, gardeners, cleaners etc, as these are jobs unemployed Americans don’t want. They mainly choose benefits over low paying jobs. This has always been a nation with a big heart with a welcoming spirit until now. Many experts have warned that to penalize immigration will have consequences also for our economy. Middle Class Americans know well that if they want to hire someone to work at their home or menial tasks at their small business, they only option is the immigrant, there are no other options other than do it yourself. So lets be honest, we need them and stop shooting ourselves in the foot.

    • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/americanstatesman American Statesman

      Are you aware that the U.S.A. already has over 30 “guest worker” programs. Bush’s plan was political garbage. Stop drinking the political kool-aid!

      I support LEGAL IMMIGRATION.

      I compare immigration to the homeless in my community. Immigration is the national community. The sad fact is there are many homeless people in my community. Some choose to be homeless (too lazy to work and want to leach off of any and all welfare they can get). Others are victims of a totally “hosed-up” economy. Let there be no doubt that our “hosed-up” economy is the direct result of unethically actions by those sworn to protect and defend the U.S.A. and our Constitution.

      Let’s compare National Immigration to Local Community – Homeless

      I am not a financially wealthy person. My funds are limited. With that being said….I donate money and items to various organizations to help the homeless. I do what I can to help those in need. I do not allow any and every homeless person to enter my home and take ownership of my home. Does that make be the bad guy? I strongly believe I have the right to work and own a home. I believe my hard work gives me the right to be secure in my own home. I believe my tax dollars should be used for national and local security. Would you agree? How many homeless individuals have you allowed to come into our home? What kind of background check did you do before you allowed them in your home? Were they drug dealers or druggies? Were they bottom feeders that are too lazy to work? Did they steal any of your person property of funds or identity theft? Please share your actions to support the homeless in your community. Do you open your doors to every homeless person in your community? Do the homeless have the right to live in your home as long as they are homeless? Please share your local “immigration” policy.

      National immigration is the process of inviting non-Americans into hour national house. National security is as stake and that is why we must have secure borders. That is why we must enforce the rule of law. The immigrant must apply for legal entry into our national home. The immigrant (non-American) does not have the right to INVADE our country. While some of these invaders may be seeking a better life, many INVADERS are here to destroy America. These are commonly referred to as terrorist, drug lords and enemies. They are not loyal to America. Just like some homeless in your community are just looking for easy money and will rob you blind instead of appreciating your generosity.

      Americans have the right to be secure in our national home. The #1 job of the federal government is national security. Our military is great at defending the world. Now it is time to defend the American homeland.

      Legal immigration is a wonderful thing. ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS A CRIME AGAINST EVERY AMERICAN.

      Rubio is loyal to Latinos – not America or Americans. That is the simple fact.

  • Red Blooded American

    I am an American citizen whose mother and father were born in Ireland. Am I to be referred to as Irish-American? Who cares? I don’t. I’m a red blooded American. Marco Rubio is much the same as me. You can split hairs on what you want to call him. But Marco is a red blooded American, just like me.

    Marco Rubio gets my vote when he runs for President.

  • American

    What a rube. Wave the magic amnesty wand and watch any chance for low hanging jobs to go to your family members in the worst domestic labor market since the Great Depression evaporate forever, while your taxes go up to pay for all their social services, and crime gets really bad as their cartels get permanently embedded in the U.S. forever. Sounds good to Rubio though. He’s all for it!

  • m wade

    Apparently Rubio is a RINO.