By JAVIER MANJARRES
Senator Marco Rubio continues to face stiff opposition from the Tea Party base he relied so heavily on to help sweep him into office during the the 2012 Senatorial election over former Florida Governor Charlie Crist, and Democratic Congressman Kendrick Meek.
The Martin 9/12 Tea Party Committee is sponsoring a statewide protested against the Senator at his district offices for his recent change in position on the immigration reform. The immigration group, FLIMEN is also urging Floridians to protest Rubio’s district offices. Back in 2009, Rubio met with the FLIMEN and all but promised them that he would never support any pathway to citizenship, or amnesty for illegal immigrants.
But that was 2009, and Rubio was running for office. Rubio who has dismissed these immigration groups as “crazy,” has softened on the issue considerably, but sticks to his main point that he does not support “blanket amnesty” for illegal immigrants.
Just yesterday during his “media blitz” promoting the soon-to-be release bipartisan immigration reform bill, Rubio took a page out of the Associated Press’ (AP) playbook, and used the term “undocumented” to identify illegal immigrants.
But then Rubio’s own words are used to put him in a bit of a bind. Host David Gregory asked Rubio what has changed in his immigration messaging since his 2010 Senatorial campaign. Gregory reminded Rubio that during one of the Senatorial debates, Rubio stated that to earn a pathway to citizenship, “you have to leave this country if you are here illegally, go back home and then come back.”
Rubio answered that during his campaign, he was against “blanket amnesty” and this bill is not blanket amnesty, because “you pay serious consequences for having violated the law.”-Rubio Evolves on Immigration
The FLIMEN and other immigration-minded grassroots organizations have been weary of Rubio’s immigration position ever since he “blocked” six immigration reform bills from coming up for a vote while he was the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives. Rubio has stated all along that the bills in question did not make it past their respective committees, and because of that, the bills did not make it onto the House floor for a vote.
Another Senator supported by the Tea Party and elected in 2010, Marco Rubio, is also breaking his promises and his oath. Rubio is the star spokesman of the Senate group working on an illegal immigration bill – completely behind closed doors, refusing to let the American people see the language. They won’t even let their colleagues in the Senate see the bill!
The bill already comes to around 1500 pages and they are planning on holding only ONE hearing, and will allow zero amendments! They are altering the entire immigration system, something that will have far reaching consequences on everything – security, education, taxes, spending, welfare, culture, jobs, crime, etc., and they’re only allowing one hearing on it. Oh, and they are already admitting it won’t be “budget neutral,” meaning they plan on increasing spending to get this done.-FL Tea Party statement www.teapartypatriots.org
The protests are scheduled for noon on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at all of Senator Rubio’s Florida district offices.