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Curbelo: Illegal Immigrants "Need to Pay a Price for the Crime They Committed"

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Miami-Dade School Board  member, Republican Carlos Curbelo, has officially announced that he will run for the U.S. Congress to challenge embattled Democratic Congressman Joe Garcia, whose very Hispanic district already leans to Republican.

 Curbelo made the announcement at his home with his family, and believes that serious government policy reforms need to take place.

 One of those reforms Curbelo believes needs to be implemented is with the Cuban Adjustment Act. Curbelo, along with Senator Marco Rubio and others in the Cuban community, believe that there is unpredented immigration abuse tied to the Act, and that the existing sanctions imposed on Cuba by the U.S. need to be left in place.

 When asked about his thoughts about the current immigration reform debate, Curbelo tried to walk that fine line, and find a balance by sounding a bit ‘hawkish’ on border enforcement, but at the same time, coming across ‘compassionate’ for a “comprehensive solution” to the immigration problem.

 Sounding ‘compassionate’-

 “Our immigatrion policies need to be consistent with the reality that is happening her today….the status quo on immigration in our country is unacceptable.”

 Curbelo then added that we need to “realistically deal with the undocumented in this country” and find “a comprehensive solution” for the immigration problem.

 Sounding ‘hawkish’

 After stating the U.S. needs and must continue to welcome foreign labor, Curbelo stated that illegal immigrants “need to pay a price for the crime they committed when they illegally entered the country.”

 English is the official language, and everyone should learn how to speak it…we talk to our daughters in Spanish here at home because we want them to learn another language, but every single immigrant, every person living in this country should learn English, its a matter of principle.

 Curbelo believes that border security must come  first before a pathway to citizenship is granted to the illegal immigrants that become eligible to receive it.

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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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  • MrMidnyte

    Let us hope that his passion continues. While deporting millions of people is not practical, sealing the border is. Any immigration reform must secure the border first and foremost. I also disagree with a path to citizenship for the people who broke our laws by coming here illegally. If an employer wants to hire illegals, let them sponsor them and be responsible for them, provide them with healthcare services etc. But by no means would the taxpayers be paying for anything illegals need. Like foodstamps, medicaid, HUD, WIC etcetera. Also the anchor baby issue must be corrected as well.

    • Luis R Vazquez

      Be extremely careful, Carlos. The Democrats will print fake voter registrations and move all the illegals to Homestead and Florida City, the same way they did to vote for Fake Joe Garcia.
      He is also working now on Fake Venezuelans.

  • Ed MacDougall

    As the first candidate to file for the 26th Congressional district, the only candidate with four generations of South Dade residence and one with far more political experience, at least an honorable mention would be nice.

    The 26th district has been under-represented. I have over eight years as an elected official in South Dade. Cutler Bays first high school was a collaborative effort by the Dade superintendent and myself. As mayor, I put together the largest (seven municipalities ) environmental district in the nation. My bio is on our web site and I invite any question you may have.

    Ps. I will give straight answers on immigration, not sound bites.

    With Kind Regards,

    Ed MacDougall, Mayor
    Town of Cutler Bay (7th largest municipality in Miami-Dade County)

    • Denny

      As a lifelong Floridian, I can vouch for Ed, a politician with scruples.

  • Perseids

    “need to pay a price for the crime they committed when they illegally entered the country.”

    If memory serves, prior to the squishy Bush clan influence and lack of full implementation of the ’86 enforcement, that price used to be called deportation. And, a rather rapid one too. No multiple years of grinding away at the legal system.

    You break in you get thrown out. Period. Sounds logical to me. At least we don’t shoot them. Break into someone’s house and you’ve got at least 50/50 chance of catching a bullet.

    If he means this type of price I’ll be glad to donate to his effort.

    Regarding “a comprehensive solution”, how about going back to the structure that actually worked? We didn’t have all these problems pre ’86. Enforcement is the only answer. We are not the worlds door mat.
    Or is that “comprehensive solution” just more more rubio speak???

  • DebraP

    I only feel bad for the American families who have lost their jobs and homes and now unemployed and/or underemployed struggling to make ends meet even after nearly four years as having Obama as President. And I don’t feel bad about saying that. Neither should a politician.

  • Rone

    That weak answer on immigration don’t cut it with me. Sounds like he’d be fine with a comprehensive Amnesty bill.

  • friendly fire

    Mexico is our neighbor as is Cuba we are all Americans not
    by choice but by divination..who chooses their family?
    We can accept our friends but can not deny our relationship to
    those who share our blood. Our extended family are these Countries that our in our Americas both North&South..
    President Madison was correct with his GOAL of Manifest Destiny. We would not have these immigration problems today if only
    our Pusuit of Happieness had INCLUDED all of this Hemisphere
    The social principle of Migration,Absorption & Assimmulation
    Made the United States the Global Voice of Freedom..
    There should be Reciprocal Agreements between all Nations as
    to the Identification of a Person entering ANY Nation..A voice print ,eye scan,finger prints & blood type w/DNA on their
    Credentials access to medical records & Social Relations..
    Any Person NOT having a valid National ID..should be held by
    Police agencies til their Social Relations Status is CONFIRMED.
    NO EXCEPTIONS..They can remain in ANY NATION provided
    that Nation agrees to permit their EXPATRIATE STATUS..
    Other wise it is Deportation or Arrest Governed by their National
    Government’s Official Request. Individual U.S.STATES can set
    LAWS regarding absorption of immigrants..County/community Governments should regulate assimmulating populations and
    should determine a need within their Community infrastructure
    There should be NO Ethnic Enclaves..No Ethnic Isolation..
    OUR Nation is a Global Community..We should EMBRACE our
    Extended Family..SHARE our Shining Inheritance.

  • http://TheSharkTank Bill Fromnic

    There is a lot of sympathy out there for the legalization of illegal aliens.I don’t see much sympathy for the unemployed American workers who will have to compete wth them for jobs and resources.Neither do I do see much sympathy for the aliens who have apllied legally and are waiting patiently in their home countries to become American citizens.According to the Heritage Foundation,legalization will cost America 9.2 trillion dollars with an expected 3.1 billion collected in taxes ; therewill be a severe cultural change in our country if legalization takes place.Do we really need 30 to 40 million more poor and educated workers(Heritage) in our country /