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Rubio Runs Immigration Damage Control With Conservatives

By Javier Manjarres

Rubio-Victory-Speech-300x225Senator Marco Rubio continues making  the conservative media rounds this week, appearing on Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin shows in a concerted effort to do damage control with conservatives who remain skeptics of his “Gang of 8″ immigration proposal.  As we’ve noted before, this plan includes several of Rubio’s practical ideas and solutions, but concern remains about whether the plan will contain meaningful enforcement triggers and border security provisions that would effectively bring this issue to a conclusion. (Immigration Savior or Fraud?).

Several major conservative pundits have shown reservations for Rubio’s proposal, including Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter, both of whom tore into Rubio’s initial proposal.

Before President Obama delivered his immigration reform speech in Las Vegas, NV on Tuesday, Rubio expressed his concerns about the president’s true motives in this immigration reform debate-

 “I am concerned by the President’s unwillingness to accept significant enforcement triggers before current undocumented immigrants can apply for a green card. Without such triggers in place, enforcement systems will never be implemented and we will be back in just a few years dealing with millions of new undocumented people in our country. Furthermore, the President ignored the need for a modernized guest worker program that will ensure those who want to immigrate legally to meet our economy’s needs can do so in the future.  Finally, the President’s speech left the impression that he believes reforming immigration quickly is more important than reforming immigration right. A reform of our immigration laws is a consequential undertaking that deserves to be subjected to scrutiny and input from all involved.  I was encouraged by the President’s  explicit statement that people with temporary legal status won’t be eligible for ObamaCare. If in fact they were, the potential cost of reform would blow open another big, gaping hole in our federal budget and make the bill untenable.” – Senator Marco Rubio


Here’s a key segment from Rubio’s appearance on the Limbaugh show-

RUSH:  The fear that many people have is that the Democrats aren’t interested in border security, that they want this influx.  For example, if 70% of the Hispanic vote went Republican, do you think the Democrats would be for any part of this legislation?

RUBIO:  (laughing)  Well, let me make an argument to you on that.  People always say to me, “Well, aren’t you worried about the political implications?”  I am confident, I really am, maybe people don’t share this confidence, I am confident that, given a fair chance, I can convince most Americans, including Americans of Hispanic descent, that limited government and free enterprise is better for them and better for their upward mobility than Big Government is.  Because that’s the reason why they came here.  You look at people that come from Latin America. They come to get away from stale stagnant economies where the rich keep winning and everybody else keeps working for them because Big Government dominates those economies. I just wanted to say, to the point of them not wanting to do the security, look, all I can tell you is that that’s a big issue for me and that’s why I’m involved in this process. I have no reason to believe it won’t happen, but if it doesn’t, then I’ll come back to you and say, “Look, it didn’t. We tried. They put that in the principles, but then they drafted a bill that didn’t do it, and I couldn’t support it.”

Notice that Rubio is also using some strategic and never before used verbiage  like “probationary” and framing the immigration issue to what is should be ultimately about- national security.

Rubio then told Limbaugh that the President has a problem because four of the President’s allies in the Senate have signed on to the proposal-

RUBIO:  He’s got a problem with his own party, ‘cause he’s got four senators, including four senators that agree with him on most things, who have signed a document that says that they do agree on enforcement triggers.  So that’s something they’re gonna have to work out.

RUSH:  What do you think the result will be in this effort fails?

RUBIO:  Well, it depends on how it fails.  I think right now the president has a decision to make.  If today becomes the beginning of a bidding war where he tries to be even more liberal than members of his own party and the Senate, then I think we clearly know what his intentions are and I don’t think that’s gonna be a good development.  If, on the other hand, this thing moves forward with plenty of input it’s not gonna look at the end the way it looks now because it’s gonna have a lot of input. My sense is it depends on who’s involved and who’s engaged in bringing that input.  I’ll give you a perfect example, and this is an issue we should start looking at now.

At the end of the day, this entire immigration reform debate is just a big smoke and mirrors ruse by President Obama and Democrats who probably are not negotiating in good faith and are simply testing the waters in hopes that Republicans will give away the candy store and enact a similar proposal to what was offered in 2007.  Senate Democrats who have sided with Rubio’s bipartisan proposal are likely to pull their support should this legislation contain enforcement triggers and border security measures with teeth.

If the legislation ultimately contains weak enforcement provisions and the mere promise of border security, Rubio will likely back out of the proposal entirely.  The immigration issue will then be used like a club against Republicans in 2014 by our ever duplicitous president who will claim that Rubio and the Republicans in Congress are simply immigration knuckledraggers who oppose his so-called “common sense” reform.

While interviewing Rubio on his show on Tuesday, Mark Levin made the following observation-

“I feel if you are get most of what you’re are proposing in actual legislation…you really have three layers of security built into this, national security, economic security…I don’t think Obama’s going to let you do this, but what you’re proposing…. is actually more conservative than the 1986 Simpson-Mazzoli bill that my hero, my former boss Ronald Reagan signed.” – Mark Levin

 




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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, as well as one of NewsmaxTV's conservative commentators.

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  • Joe

    Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me! We were fed a line of hogwash by the Democrats on this same exact argument back in the 80’s with the Simpson/Mazzoli(sp?) bill. The Dems promised border security in return for Reagan caving on the crap sandwich that we were served that allowed 3.5 million illegal (forget about undocumented) aliens into the country permanently.

    If the Republicans are stupid enough to sign onto this latest incarnation of the Democrat Crap sandwich without a signed, sealed and delivered, full commitment to closing our borders, then they should all be thrown out.

    Friends, this is not rocket science however it is a test of integrity and intelligence. As president Reagan once said “trust but verify”. For what its worth!

    • Walker

      I agree with you JOe. But I would also say to Rubio, you fooled me once, and I voted for you . . .thinking you were a true conservative. You will not fool me twice. I will not vote for you again.

      • Patriot

        Completely agree – voted for him last time – will NEVER vote for him again. He’s as conservative as OWEbama. Give me Allen West!!!!

      • Flo

        I agree. Rubio will not get my vote again — EVER!

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

      AMERICANS must reject the GOP “stuff” from today’s GOP – i.e. John McCain and Marco Rubio.

      McCain…..we must allow illegals….look at the 2012 vote?

      Apparently, McCain is okay with ILLEGALS voting!

      McCain and Rubio are both ANTI-AMERICANS!

    • Belinda

      I think that anyone Republican or Democrat sign on for this “crap” sandwich should post all their bank accounts online. I am sick of picking up the bills for illegal aliens from food stamps, welfare, medical to education. If they will post their bank accounts online for all of us to get back some of the costs, okay make them legal. I bet not one of the sorry SOBs will come across with their bank accounts because they never have to suffer any consequences of their votes.

  • FloridaGirl7

    Sorry I am not buying it. I do not trust any of them.

  • John

    Marco Rubio is another traitor RINO like MC Cain Flake and Graham he is fraud

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

      ABSOLUTELY! RUBIO THE RINO AMNESTY CIRCUS IS UNDERWAY.

      A M E R I C A N S MUST BE UNITED AS ONE PEOPLE AND REJECT THE AMNESTY “STUFF” BEING SPEWED BY RINO RUBIO. RINO RUBIO SUPPORTS “ILLEGAL LATINOS” NOT HONEST LEGAL AMERICANS!

    • Walker

      I have been so disappointed in Rubio. Another thing, what’s up with the “Cuban-American” label he calls himself. If “American” is not good enough for him, then it seems to me that he has divided loyalties between Cuba and America . . . .I just don’t like hyphenated American labels.

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

        It is a liberal progressive tactic used to divide “We the People”. Sad to say it is working.

        In the case of Rubio….he is a CUBAN first. Which means he is not a real American. Not to mention, neither of his parents are/were naturalized American citizens. Which means – by the U.S. Constitution – if anyone cares about the U.S. Constitution these days….CUBAN RINO RUBIO IS NOT ELIGIBLE TO BE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!

        GOP are you listening…..CUBAN RINO RUBIO IS NOT ELIGIBLE TO BE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!

        One more time….GOP are you listening…..CUBAN RINO RUBIO IS NOT ELIGIBLE TO BE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!

        Beware….GOP Kool-aid on the way….The GOP will push Rubio on registered Republicans just like they did Romney. Thus, guess who the next U.S. President will be? NOT THE GOP CANDIDATE RUBIO!

        To my fellow LEGAL AMERICAN PATRIOTS……be AMERICANS…OWN YOUR VOTE…..FORGET THE RNC AND THE DNC…..BE INDEPENDENT AMERICAN VOTERS!

        VOTE FOR AMERICAN….NOT ANTI-AMERICANS LIKE RNC-RUBIO OR DNC-CLINTON!

        • Pedro Bosmenier

          You are crazi,Marco Rubio isnt Cuban, He is American, y best than many of them, so stupid

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

            “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.” Theodore Roosevelt 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.”

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

    The only immigration problem we have is THE FAILURE OF OUR ELECTED PUBLIC SERVANT TO ENFORCE OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS AND SECURE OUR BORDERS.

    HONEST – LEGAL AMERICANS MUST FACE THE FACT THAT WE HAVE A BUNCH OF TREASONOUS TRAITORS IN PUBLIC OFFICE. THESE TRAITORS ARE DESTROYING THE U.S.A.!

    These “Public Servants” took an oath to uphold our Constitution…they refuse to uphold our Constitution.

    IMPEACH OBAMA AND REMOVE EVERY TREASONOUS TRAITOR IN PUBLIC OFFICE (which is most of them)!!

  • George Fuller

    There is a reason I call Rubio “Little Mel Martinez…..He also a Cuban, ran on opposing amnesty in 2004 and led the charge to pass it in 2007….

    The thing that wasn’t addressed is why do we need or want immigration? up until the 1920s we had mass immigration like today and then it was reduced to 250K a year…….now it is a couple of million when you look at all the immigration programs…..

    We are the third most populated country in the world……what purpose does it serve to bring in millions more every year?……

    To show the idiocy of Congress there was not one call for a pause in immigration in the midst of the recession dumping 125K new job seekers every month into the work market…..

  • way2confused

    Obama has no intention of passing immigration reform before the 2014 elections. He wants to use it as a bludgeon against the Republicans who are “obstructionists.

    IF (and it is a BIG if) they get a bill to vote on, I guarantee two things.

    1. It will be over 2000 pages with so many gimmies buried in it it will do nothing to assure illegals will be unable to access welfare, cell phones, medicare etc thus further overburdening they system. It will be intentional on the part of Democrats to collapse the country sooner. Many illegals believe wealth comes from the government–not hard work.

    2. No one will read it and it will be jammed through in the dark of night when no one is paying attention. It will make Obamacare look benign.

  • lakeview

    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.

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

  • Tea Party Voter

    Marco get’s it! And he will save our Republican Party and Country for decades to come. VIVA RUBIO 2016!!

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

      You must be a liberal progressive aka socialist.

      You are definitely NOT a true TEA Partier. There is no way a true TEA Partier would keep drinking RINO Rubio kool-aid.

    • Dagny

      That’s right anyone that supports Rubio for President needs a brain transplant. He is not a conservative. The tea party is sick of Marco Rubio! He is a neocon and a rino and he is NOT constiutionally eligible to be POTUS or VPOTUS! And if any tea partier disagrees then they are also part of the problem. In fact, he should be voted out of office in 2014!! Let him peddal his immigration somewhere in the Caribbean, like Cuba.

  • Carlos

    Right after this country proved it was massively stupid, on Nov. 6, it was Rubio for 2016. But now, the more I see this thing unravel the more I believe it’ll be Rand Paul for 2016. If Marco’s smart, he can be the veep, but if he keeps trying to be Charlie Brown, hoping Lucy won’t pull the ball away, he may even blow that. His gang of 8 plan would be fine if the Dems had any integrity. They didn’t have it in 1986, who in their right mind thinks they’d have any now????

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

    Anti-American – RINO Rubio should follow The American’s Creed

    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

    Message to Marco Rubio……..

    AMERICANS DO NOT HAVE DUAL ALLEGIANCES!

    Are you an American or a Cuban-Latino-Hispanic?

    YOU CANNOT BE BOTH!!!

    And….If you honor your sworn oath of office and uphold our Constitution, you are NOT eligible to be the President of the United States of America. But then again, you are perfectly okay with trashing our Constitution and ignoring the fact that the current President in office today is NOT legally eligible to be the President of the United States either.

  • Lauren

    Please call Rubio, McCain, Graham’s, etc. office asap! Tell their aides “What part of NO ANNESTY DOES RHE SENATOR NOT GET?!?” The only thing that will stop the “Gang of Eight” SELLOUTS is strong, very vocal opposition!!!

    Rubio as former FL Speaker of the House kept bills in committees, refused to allow a vote on requiring E-Verify , etc. Rubio is the silver tongued devil on the right as Obama is on the left! Wake up conservatives. Vote Rubio and other RINO sellouts out of office. And ic course, ALL DEMOCRATS!!!

    Please check the past voting records of Rubio! It’s all there to find!

    Past behavior is usually an indicator of future behavior! Anyone who knows Rubio’s record is not surprised by his recent actions to ram amnesty through gor the 30 million illegals in the US! It’s not 11 millon illegals — much higher!

    Check out: http://www.numbersusa.com

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