In 2010, then gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott campaigned on a hard immigration reform edge, pushing a “no amnesty” policy for those who have enter the U.S. illegally.
Fast forward to 2018 and the term-limited governor, and probable U.S. senatorial candidate is taking a softer approach on illegal immigration, but only for the DREAMers affected under the Deferred Action for Children Arrivals (DACA) program.
In a USA Today op-ed, Scott is calling on his possible future congressional colleagues to pass bipartisan legislation that will address border security and help those 800,000 kids whose immigration status is in a state of limbo.
“There is no doubt that there are many other immigration reforms that should be considered,” Scott wrote. “Congress should look at all those issues, but they should stop the fanciful notion of doing everything at once,” he wrote.
“I do not favor punishing children for the actions of their parents,” Scott said in a statement, referring to the beneficiaries of DACA.
“It completely escapes me why anyone opposes securing our borders, and why critics in Congress try to use their opposition to border security as some kind of a bargaining chip,” Scott wrote. “In an increasingly dangerous world, don’t all Americans want our borders to be secure?” (The recent decrease in border apprehensions has been one of the most notable Trump administration accomplishments.)-TB Times
Sen. Bill Nelson (D), who is trying to be as proactive as possible in anticipation of a Scott senatorial campaign, will face the toughest challenge of this career, and will have to somehow overcome the tens of millions of dollars that are expected to flood Scott’s campaign coiffures.
Scott is expected to announce his formal challenge to Democratic Senator Bill Nelson shortly after he signs the state budget