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Marco Rubio, The Immigration Reform Savior or Fraud?


By Javier Manjarres

This weeks amnesty-laden bipartisan proposal from the U.S. Senate’s new ‘Immigration Gang of Eight” that Senator Marco Rubio, three other Republicans, and four uber-liberal Democrats have come out in support of could turn out to be a real problem down the road for Florida’s junior senator.

The anti-immigration party is the union controlled Democratic party. – Marco Rubio, March 2009

Rubio has been making the rounds espousing practical ideas and solution for the ‘broken’ immigration system and has received praise from Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, and other notable conservatives for doing so.

Many expected Rubio to come out with his own immigration reform proposal that would include all of these ‘practical’ ideas and solutions, but no one thought Rubio would sign on to a proposal that is basically the mirror-image of the highly unpopular 2007 McCain-Kennedy amnesty bill that was eviscerated by the public and failed to pass in the Congress.  Even McCain himself said that there was little difference between the two bills during a live televised press conference in Washington, D.C.

Before becoming a U.S. Senator, Rubio was somewhat dismissive and reluctant to acknowledge the pressing nature of the immigration issue.  Rubio was heckled at a club in Fort Lauderdale by immigration enforcement advocates who were upset with Rubio for blocking several immigration bills from coming to a vote in the Florida House. As his campaign for Senate progressed, Rubio began to take the issue more seriously, and he’s now at the forefront of the debate.

Here’s a snippet from the very the first interview I conducted with Rubio about a week after his heckling and several months before he officially announced that he was running for the U.S. Senate.  Rubio says that “nothing will make it harder to enforce the existing laws, if you reward people who broke them.”  He then added his reasoning behind his statement by opining that, “It demoralizes people who are going through the legal process, its a very clear signal of why go through the legal process, if you can accomplish the same thing if you go through the illegal process.”

 No. Never have been. I am strongly against amnesty. The most important thing we need to do is enforce our existing laws. We have existing immigration laws that are not being adequately enforced. Nothing will make it harder to enforce the existing laws, if you reward people who broke them.

It demoralizes people who are going through the legal process, its a very clear signal of why go through the legal process, if you can accomplish the same thing if you go through the illegal process. And number two, if demoralizes the people enforcing the laws. I am not, and I will never support any effort to grant blanket legalization/amnesty to folks who have entered, stayed in this country illegally. – Marco Rubio, March 2009

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It is clear that Rubio contradicts himself with his support of this amnesty proposal. But let’s also be very clear and fair, there needs to be a way to bridging the gap within the immigration divide. Both sides on the issue agree that some sort of compromise is needed, but this bill, while it does contains several of Rubio’s points and ideas, goes to far and opens the door for blanket amnesty.

The conservative backlash has already begun with Rubio’s friends and colleagues in the Senate as Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are opposing him on the measure. Fox News contributor Michelle Malkin also ripped the measure for what it is- amnesty.

**UPDATE-Rush Limbaugh has now come out denouncing the bipartisan immigration proposal from Rubio and his Gang of 8.

Here is Malkin’s praise for Senator Ted Cruz for ‘holding the line’ that Rubio tripped over-















Here is by far the tweet of all tweets on the issue-








Sean Hannity sounded skeptical about the Rubio proposal and told Rubio on his show that “the devil will be in the details” about what this legislation will ultimately consist of.  To Rubio’s credit, he did agree with Hannity that the borders needed to be secured first  before any of the steps for a pathway to citizenship would be enacted. 

It may be only be a matter of time before Floridians, who gave Rubio a pass back in 2010 for having as having  a questionable immigration position fully grasp the magnitude of what some are calling a betrayal of principles by Rubio.  

It is likely that President Obama will move even further to the left from the agreed upon Senate bipartisan proposal and submit his own proposal- a move that would provide Rubio with cover and the opportunity for him to slam the President for not working with Republicans. 

Rubio’s vision and ideas for immigration reform are practical and are the only ones that make any sense and offer real solutions thus far in the immigration debate.  But the big question that remains- did Rubio cause  irreparable damage to his brand by expressing his support for a proposal sponsored by other Senators who have a proven history of supporting blanket amnesty for illegal immigrants, putting his possible 2016 presidential aspirations in jeopardy?

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Javier Manjarres
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, as well as one of NewsmaxTV's conservative commentators. Javier has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at

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  1. Rich January 29, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Why don’t we deport the illegals who show contempt for our laws?

    Why don’t we secure the borders to keep illegals OUT??

    Both parties want the illegals, whether you believe it or not. The Democrats want their votes, the republicans, at the behest of their corporate masters who want them for their cheap labor, want them too.

    • Steve Phillips January 30, 2013 at 6:28 pm

      You are 100%,all these corrupt politicians want is to win elections,nothing else.All of them power hungry narcissistic criminals.

    • Attila January 31, 2013 at 6:06 pm

      No, the RINOs want illegals for cheap labor, but Republicans generally want secure borders and legal, fair, and balanced immigration.

  2. NM January 29, 2013 at 7:36 am

    I voted for him, but he may be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. He had mentioned the 21st century often, which leads me to believe, he is an Agenda 21 advocate.

    • sportymom January 29, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      I will surely be following Kyle Raccio on twitter now! I loved his comment about Cruz being the new Rubio, Rubio is the new McCain, McCain is the new Obama and Obama is the new Stalin. That’s where we’re headed folks. By our refusal to challenge our wayward Republicans, we have gotten ourselves into a very precarious situation. Now the RINOS are being exposed. This should have happened a long time ago. Now we need to get rid of John Boehner. What have Republicans accomplished during Beohner’s 4 years as Speaker of the House?

      • Robert Davis February 8, 2013 at 6:17 am

        These turds need to get their act together. It’s not rocket science!

  3. Bud January 29, 2013 at 8:25 am

    My wife and I supported Rubio because we thought he had principles, he proved us wrong.

    • Cat January 29, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      Me too!

      The only way I would go to see him now is to PROTEST!

    • Rich January 30, 2013 at 5:25 am

      Don’t the readers here understand?

      Mr. Rubio and ALL the rest of them are POLITICIANS.

      They are worried about, not what you or I want, they are worried about the next election cycle but in getting elected again. Politicians get elected again by raising tons of cash from wealthy donors and big business so Mr. Rubio and all the rest of them will do what big money wants. Bib money wants cheap labor from illegal immigrants.

      This is a simple concept, but it seems so difficult for the readers here to understand.

      The ONE AND ONLY way to force the politicians to do the “Will of the People” is to overturn Citizen’s United and take the money out of politics so we have fairer elections and force the politicians to do the will of the people or lose their cushy jobs. Get it??

      • BoGo January 30, 2013 at 9:47 am

        Overturn Citizens United?

        Right. Only UNIIONS should be allowed to corrupt our political process with their filthy luche.

  4. CHP3871 January 29, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Just another Political Promise:

    What the Democrats PROMISED in 1986:

    The Border and Immigration laws would be strictly enforced (Obama has gone out of that business)

    There would never be another Amnesty (Yeah, right!)

    • Cat January 29, 2013 at 12:14 pm

      Fool me once .. yea .. not FOOLED .. not supporting this at all .. SECURE THE BORDER .. after 5 to 10 years then we will “talk” until then deport these criminals.

  5. Lauren January 29, 2013 at 9:20 am

    I knew Rubio was a pandering pto amnesty liar from the get go!

    Sadly, like the left likes the leftist lamestream media, the right puts all their faith in Fox News, Rush, Hannity, etc. This is why we are in this mess! WE NEED TO THINK FOR OURSELVES AND RESEARCH PAST VOTING RECORDS! Rubio blocked every vote to pass E-Verify, cracking down on illegals while FL Speaker of the House. Was anybody reaearching the TRUTH of Rubio’s PRO AMNESTY stance as a FL legislator?!? FLIMEN was sounding the alarm and still is.

    Please bombard Rubio’s office, in addition to every RINO sellout included in the “Gang of Eight bi-partisan support!” We need to shut down the DC Capital switchboard again as was done in 2007. We are worn out from fighting the pro amnesty efforts, but cannot give up now! I see all the illegal leaches on fiod stamps, WIC, etc. I’m fed up with footing the bill for these illegal freeloaders!

    Check out:

    Sign up to send free faxes to your elected officials asap! They are trying to ram this through quickly! Pass this on to everyone you know. The lamestream media, and the conservative talking heads aren’t going to tell you the truth! Take action or don’t whine…

  6. lakeview January 29, 2013 at 9:30 am

    I try very hard to be a law-abiding citizen of the US. I do not speed, I do not do drugs, and I pay my bills and taxes on time. When I traveled internationally to Malaysia, Japan, Italy, the UK, Finland, Russia and Canada, I was meticulous in complying with the laws of those countries that I, a foreigner in their country, was subject to.

    So here we have a number of US senators, including our very own marco rubio, condoning the illegal acts of foreigners in our country, and giving them a “pathway to citizenship”…a pathway that allows them to live their life as if they never committed the illegal act…. OK. Now I want to know what illegal acts can I undertake, what laws can I break, where Marco and these other senators will condone my illegal acts and give me a “pathway to freedom” that allows me to live my life as if I never committed the illegal act.

    I called rubio’s office and asked this question….although not their words, basically they said “we hear you, but we do not give a f… about you”

  7. Lowie January 29, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Remember Romney’s 47% comment and the 8% umemployment rate. Put those toether and you understand why illegal immigrants will be granted amnesty under this President. Economic conditions will dictate the end result for the 11 million who took advantage of the weakness of enforcement of U.S. immigration laws. The pathway to citizenship that Senator Rubio wants will now become a grant of amnesty being pushed by our newly elected President and the progressives in the Senate. We must all understand the tactics being used by the progressives and hold our judgement on the conservatives which is under attack by this president.

  8. Chopper January 29, 2013 at 10:00 am

    I am willing to adopt a wait and see attitude on how this plays out. If Senator Rubio sucks up to McCain, Graham, Schumer, et. al. he will be toast in my book. He needs to distance himself from the RINO elements in the Senate and stand alone on his principals. Let him put forth his own Immigration plan for his constituents to read and analyze. When he gets involved with a “Gang of Eight” of which six are very “suspicious”, his credibiity among Conservatives is greatly diminished.

    • Cat January 29, 2013 at 12:15 pm

      He is standing with them .. that is enough .. for me …

  9. Bruce January 29, 2013 at 10:00 am

    The term amnesty is mis-used in describing this law. Amnesty is a general pardon. Before pointing out the differences, the law first and formost must provide the resources to properly secure the border.

    The law is not amnesty because it has consequences. There is a fine and back taxes to be paid, a required background check and a requirement to learn English. All of these are more in line with a require of probation for a misdomenor or non-violent felony.

    If we do nothing, there is no way to round up 12 million people who are here illegally. While we can fine employers, they often work around the law by paying the workers in cash. While raids by ICE make nice headlines they on affect a fraction of the 50 million businesses in the US.

    The issue of the Hispanic vote is separate from the issue of “amnesty”, this is an issue where we have to go out into the community and actively recriuit people, when the party explains their true goals, the members of the community can be recruited.

    We should turn to people who have changed parties like Governor Martinez to lead this effort.

  10. Ken Shafer January 29, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Just a reminder folks – politics is the art of the possible – something Ronald Reagen and Tip Oneil knew and practiced. Absolutism is a guarantee of ultimate defeat. The founders knew this when they adopted the 3/5ths rule. Sure, it ultimately took a civil war to resolve that issue, but without the 3/5ths compromise there never would have been a United States. Practice what Reagen did – get as much as you can now and come back for more later.

  11. Tom January 29, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Someone please tell Mel Matinez Rubio that you can’t out pander the democrats. This is “like déjà vu all over again.” How did Martinez fare after sharing the stage with these same tards? The GOP is dead if they are going to take every issue and agree with Democrats. Wake up GOP, it was your base that you lost in 2012. Shumer and Durbin are not going to help you win elections

  12. Perseids January 29, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Rubio is doing the bidding of the Bush clan. Brother Jeb is the conduit for the “plan”. Rubio will help complete the squishy compassionate Bush amnesty dream shoved back in W’s face by Conservatives in ’06. In pushing this through these phony “conservatives” will cement a permanent democratic majority for decades to come. In short Rubio will help to fulfill the ultimate democrat wet dream.

    What I find surprising is that there exist people who are surprised and perhaps shocked by rubio’s traitorous actions. Maybe obama can dig up a cabinet post for dear marco after the deed is done or, He can always join Charlie @ Morgan & Morgan.

    • Silvina Castillo January 29, 2013 at 2:35 pm

      Perseids you are soooooo very right!I find it surprising and ultimately disgusting that there are so many people that can’t understand Rubio’s traitorous actions. People need to do just a little bit of research to know that Rubio’s actions are par for the course….his course.

      The fact that he allows people to put his name forward for POTUS, when he knows very well that he is not natural born, therefore not qualified, shows he is just a political tool.

      He said in an interview here at the Shark Tank that Arizona’s immigration law was not the right one for Florida. Well Senator what do you have to say about the Federal Immigration Law? Is it also not right for Florida?

  13. OldmanRick January 29, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Gee, that was easy. Fraud, of course.

  14. Lightweight January 29, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Senator Rubio has no understanding of how law works.He said if you don’t get a ticket for not doing 70 util you get a ticket for 80,then the speed limit is 80.He just said the person driving the speeding car decides what they law idby their experience.The motorist is not law enforcement.The illegal law breaker who chooses to enter or remain in the country did not make the law,they break the law. Senator Rubio has a Reprobate Mind.

  15. 1madgrannie January 29, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I voted for him then held my breath waiting for the other shoe to drop. Seems like the tea party darling is just another RINO. I won’t make the same mistake again. We have laws that are made a mockery by letting these illegals get away with murder. The GOP is a wuss party.

  16. CarolO January 29, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Rubio’s a joke. Year after year the Republicans to make it harder for Latino’s and Blacks to vote. Less voting days, less precincts open and gerrymandering in every State. Wrong dates printed on ballots and robo calls giving wrong dates to vote. In FL, the ballots were “up to” 10 pages on both sides.

    Suddenly here is Rubio’s claiming to CARE about these disfranchised folks. The only way they voted in the last election is because they demanded their vote to count and stood in line until it was. The Republicans do not care about these people but they do care about the next election so can pretend they care now?

  17. Robert M. January 29, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Sorry to be the voice of dissent on this thread, but Rubio is on the right side here. I wonder what those on the far-right of this issue would propose…send back all 11 million, no questions asked? Good luck with that. No proposal will be perfect, and I’m not one to embrace a plan that lets folks who broke the law “get away with it”. Javier unfortunately didn’t post a link to some of the things in the Senators’ proposal (note to Javier: it would have provided some balance), but here’s a snippet from an article posted on Politico:

    As those security measures take effect, the proposal says, illegal immigrants would be forced to register with the government, undergo a background check, and pay a fine and back taxes so they can obtain a legal status on a probationary basis. That would allow them to live and work legally in the United States, unless they have committed serious crimes, which could subject them to deportation. Those who have obtained probationary legal status would not be allowed to access federal benefits.

    After the enforcement measures take effect, those who have obtained their probationary legal status would be required to undergo a series of requirements — including learning English and civics and undergoing further background checks — before being able to obtain permanent residency. The proposal insists that those who have entered the country illegally would not get preferential treatment over legal immigrants playing by the rules.

    Hardly seems like good, law-abiding citizens are getting screwed while illegal immigrants get a free ride, right? Seems pretty reasonable to me considering the circumstances. I suppose SOME conservatives can continue to “hold the line” and thus lose the argument every time. That’s exactly what has happened over the past several years. The immigration issue is a tough one, one we’re not going to solve by entrenching ourselves in unsustainable positions while the system remains broken. Rubio and the other senators are to be commended for their leadership. The fact that those on both extremes of the immigration debate are bashing the proposal says a lot about its practicality.

    • Marcus January 29, 2013 at 2:23 pm

      If this proposal doesn’t seriously address securing the border up front before anything else, it won’t get off the ground. Marco made a tactical error standing with McCain, Schumer and other amnesty supporters who have zero credibility on this issue. It’s also very unlikely that Obama will sign a bill with enforcement and security provisions that either have teeth or that can’t be worked around. Dems would much rather keep the issue burning than sign a bill that effectively turns off the spigot for their future dependency class. We’re not likely to get a deal, and it’s a good thing that the “far right” on this issue are reminding us what a real reform immigration bill needs to contain.

      • Robert M. January 29, 2013 at 2:59 pm

        Agree that border security is first and foremost, which is what Rubio said. We can speculate and opine about the effectiveness of the proposal’s details (which we don’t know yet) and how Obama is likely to distort the whole thing to his alleged benefit, but the fact remains that up to now little has been done and both law-abiding citizens AND illegals are hurting. Get the illegals out in the open, make them pay for breaking the law and get in the back of the line and at least come up with some ideas which just might work.

        We’re not likely to get a deal, and it’s a good thing that the “far right” on this issue are reminding us what a real reform immigration bill needs to contain.

        Which is??

  18. Marine68 January 29, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    He has hung himself good, as far as further office is concerned, even though the traitors in Congress and Justice have ignored the ineligibility of our current imposter in Chief; paving the way for more non article 2 eligible Candidates.

    • Rick Bulow January 30, 2013 at 5:02 am

      Marine68. Rubio is indeed article 2 eligible. He was born in America, and the law says that if you are born in America, then you are article 2 eligible to be president.

      Based upon the language of Article II, Section 1, Clause 4 and the guidance provided by Wong Kim Ark, we conclude that persons born within the borders of the United States are “natural born Citizens” for Article II, Section 1 purposes, regardless of the citizenship of their parents. Ankeny v. Governor of State of Indiana, 916 NE 2d 678 – Ind: Court of Appeals 2009

      Simply put: Any child born on US soil or in a US territory who retains American citizenship is a defacto NBC. PERIOD. Parents status means nothing.

      • BoGo January 30, 2013 at 10:00 am

        Three “flavors” of citizen:
        1)Natualized (ineligible for POTUS)
        2)Native born (jus soli) (possibly eligible for POTUS)
        3)Natural born (jus sanguinis) (both parents are citizens – definitely eligible for POTUS)

        You cite a court of appeals. There’s still one more level left and this court ignored Minor v Happersett.

        If Marco truly wanted to be a statesman, he would appeal to the SCOTUS to rule on his own eligibility.

        You don’t think the second the 2016 race heats up in earnest that the left won’t call into question Rubio’s eligibility? I don’t know what kind of deal the RINOs cut to ignore this issue with repect to the current pResident, but the left has no qualms applying double standards to their benefit.

  19. MM January 29, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Republican Politicians – ALL OF YOU


    “No new legislation will be considered until a budget is passed and a plan is in place to balance the budget within 5 years. Period.”

    Both Republican and Democratic leaders can not continue to tell us the fiscal mess and national debt is the most important thing and then continue to do everything else but work on the most important issue.

    Enough is Enough!

  20. Raoul Lowery Contreras January 30, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    The majority of these commenst are from a minority of people. Fox News Poll shows 66% of all Americans (includign a majority of Republcians) favor a “path to citizenship.” Any who says they obey every law — like speeding — is not telling the truth. Everyone drives over the speed limit. In California we have 70 MPH zones and every does 80-85, on 65 MPH zones everyone druves fgaster. All drivers on Interstates violate their respective state speed laws with the possibel exception of 1 or 2%. Thsu, over 90% of all driving Americans are law breakers. Deport them to…

    • Jedediah February 2, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      Ah..the Professional Hispanic chimes in…

  21. Walker January 31, 2013 at 9:28 am

    I didn’t want the McCain-Kennedy Amnesty bill when they presented it in 2007, and I dont’ want it now. Rubio’s own words before he was elected show him to be a “say anything to get elected” politician. I will not vote for him again.!!!!!!!

  22. westie April 17, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Rubio needs to spend some time in Cuba to relearn what immigration of soft on socialism latinos will do.

  23. Misha June 25, 2013 at 2:02 am

    Traitor swine.

  24. MEL CONLEY June 26, 2013 at 10:15 pm


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