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McCain’s Amnesty Plan Looming, Will Rubio Buck Senate Colleagues?

By Javier Manjarres

RubioWith President Obama set to outline his immigration agenda during a speech in Las Vegas on Tuesday, new details are emerging about a bipartisan group of Senators who are reported to have been working on an immigration bill for quite some time.

 It will come to no one’s surprise that Republican Senator John McCain and other like-minded Republicans are working with the Democrats on yet another “comprehensive” immigration plan that according to McCain will resemble the amnesty-laden McCain-Kennedy bill of 2007 that was summarily rejected.

Given the fact that many Republicans are attempting to pander to the Hispanic voting bloc after it went for President Obama by a large margin in 2012, many Republicans may be eager to jump on board with McCain’s new comprehensive immigration plan.

Senator Marco Rubio has taken the lead on this issue of late and disclosed many of his own ideas about what his version of immigration reform would contain.  Rubio does not offer amnesty, yet skirts the amnesty line by offering a plan that offers both penalties and incentives to existing illegal immigrants who are already living in the U.S.

Rubio wants these illegals to come out of the shadows, pay a fine, pay taxes, go on a immigration probationary period before being afforded the opportunity to seek residency.

His ideas have received praise from both Republicans and conservatives alike, but there are those who still question whether Rubio’s overall proposal is just another version of “amnesty” or if it actually can finally resolve the issue in a manner that is acceptable to a broad consensus, including most conservatives.  If Rubio were to successfully spearhead and resolve this issue, it could very well lead to the inside track to the Republican nomination and the White House in 2016. 

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. 

Will Rubio wind up supporting McCain’s bipartisan amnesty bill that’s likely to emerge out of the Senate, or will he continue making the case for an alternative measure that emphasizes legal immigration with, offers a “pathway” but without offering blanket amnesty?  Rubio will have the opportunity to distance himself from McCain’s amnesty measure that is likely to have President Barack Obama’s support- will Rubio continue to advance a real alternative that seals the border, earns respect among conservatives, and resolves this issue in a manner that does not ultimately undermine the long term viability of the Republican Party?  We are about to find out very soon.

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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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  • m wade

    Call it for what it is – “Amnesty for those that are here and open borders for those that want to come~!”

  • Greg

    “Amnesty” for the foreign invaders huh? Then I guess the borders have been secured? If so, I haven’t heard a word about it! How about doing “first things first.” Apparently the populace likes electing not so bright people to represent them in DC! Good grief!

  • Lightweight

    Javier Manjarres,
    Stop telling people what their political views on Immigration is ? Rubio spent his history in the State Senate hidding his Amnesty plans.He lied about it assuring people he was not for Amnesty and has done the opposite of everything he ran on.And you have proved to be consistent at talking to people as if they have not memory.Stop talking to people like they are stupid ?

    • Javier Manjarres

      Lightfoot, get your facts straight. Rubio spent his history in the State ‘House’ not the Senate. Apparently you are making yourself look stupid, by your posting.

      Here is what I wrote, just in case you missed it the first time-

      “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”

      You were saying?

    • Ron Bedell

      I agree.

  • BoGo

    All you xenophobic white people just need to accept the browning of America. Learn your place. Just keep your mouths shut and pay for all the goodies Uncle Sham promised to entice them here.

    Oh, and in the words of Carlos Mencina,”Hey! This is America. Speak Spanish.”

    Para la Raza, toda. Fuera la Raza, nada.

  • sportymom

    Dear Javier, Your newsletter has provided us a much needed alternative to the MSM and for that, we are eternally grateful. But your obvious bias toward Marco Rubio has clouded your objectivity. I firmly believe that if Marco continues on this present course of trying to “one-up” Obama and the democrats on amnesty and gun control, we will ALL lose!

    Did we learn anything from the tidal wave of Tea Party victories of 2010, or the 2012 victory of Ted Cruz with ZERO support from the “establishment?” The message of Constitutional (dare I use the term “conservative”?) governance and strict enforcement of the laws already on the books concerning border security, still wins in America today, yet the “establishment” (Rove, Bush, Boehner, Cantor, McConnell, et. al.) continues to do everything they can to neutralize them, to the detriment of our party and our nation. We have demonstrated that we no longer need the deep pockets of the RNC and NRCC to win elections. To ignore this fact, the establishment does so at their own peril. The great divide in our party can be laid squarely at the feet of the establishment, as evidenced by the recent purging of Tea Party members from their committee assignments. If they want to keep losing elections, they’ve proven that they’re quite good at it!

    Numbers USA is an excellent educational tool for those of us (myself included), who are learning about the negative impact of millions of undocumented aliens streaming across our borders yearly, many of them from terrorist organizations and all of whom receive free taxpayer benefits. Just ask California how that’s working out for them! When will the California tax rate be high enough to accommodate the ever increasing “free everything” crowd? When it reaches 75%? 100%?

    Ted Cruz is right on secure borders and illegal immigration. If you and Marco want to have a shot at winning, team up with the Tea Party and just say “no” to John Boehner.

    Our demographic problems can also be pinned on John Boehner for refusing to assist black conservatives like Operation Black Storm candidates Mia Love and Star Parker, instead putting up roadblocks by supporting “moderate” challengers. A Speaker like John Boehner and those who emulate his “non-policy” policies, are sure losers!

    • BoGo

      I love Star Parker an I love her story. Did she actually run for office?

      • sportymom

        Yes, she ran, as did Mia Love and many other black conservatives, but Boehner did everything he could to prevent them from being elected. We were fortunate to have the Senate Conservatives Fund and private donations for those who did win like Ted Cruz. Rubio is acting just like his bosses in pushing aside conservatives and promoting his own agenda toward becoming president in 2016. I never give to the RNC or NRCC any more. I contribute to the Tea Party and Senate Conservatives fund. We have at least two conservative senators now – Ted Cruz and Tim Scott. We need a bunch more like them!

  • Ed Sarlls

    It does allow a ‘path to citizenship’ but it’s a long path. With all of these conditions, can it be called ‘amnesty’? 1) Border Security. It mentions some methods and creates a commission of people in border states to make recommendations and monitor progress. Would they also provide the criteria for determining that this has been achieved? 2) Visa reform to identify those not exiting at the required time. 3) Registration and background check, paying a fine and back taxes to earn probationary status. This allows legal residence and working in the US. 4) Enforcement of deportation of those with serious criminal offenses and those who overstay visas. 5) Prohibition against probationary residents receiving federal public benefits. (what about state benefits?) 6) Those desiring citizenship would then undergo another background check, pay taxes, learn English and civics, demonstrate U.S. work history & current employment, they can then _apply_ for permanent resident status. This puts them behind others who may have already applied for permanent resident status and subject to the same conditions for acceptance. 7) If accepted as permanent residents (green card) they could later apply for Naturalization.