4/17/15, "Marco Rubio in Spanish: Obama’s First Executive Amnesty ‘Important,’ People ‘Benefiting from It’," Breitbart, Matthew Boyle
"Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), a 2016 GOP presidential candidate, said he
believes that President Barack Obama’s first executive amnesty for
so-called DREAMers—the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)—is
“important” and he won’t reverse it himself if elected president. He
delivered these remarks in a Spanish-language interview he gave to
Univision’s Jorge Ramos.
“I believe DACA is important. It can’t be terminated from one moment
to the next, because there are already people benefiting from it,” Rubio
said in Spanish on Ramos’s television program, according to an English translation
provided by the media service Grabien. “But yes, it is going to have to
It can’t be the permanent policy of the United States, and I don’t
think that’s what they’re asking either. I think everyone prefers
Ramos followed up, according to the translation, by asking: “But
then, to clarify, you would put an end to DACA once immigration reform
is approved, but what would happen, Senator, if there is no immigration
reform; would you cancel DACA anyway?”
Rubio answered that DACA will end only when a legislative substitute
with the exact same or similar policy prescriptions—a legislative
amnesty for illegal alien minors—is implemented. He also said in Spanish
that, if elected president, he believes that America cannot deport
illegal aliens here in the country right now, and he expects a
legislative solution will be implemented that essentially has all the
parts of the massively controversial “Gang of Eight” bill that he would
“Well, at some point it is going to have to end, that is to say, it
can’t continue being the permanent policy of the United States,” Rubio
said. “I believe, if I become President, it is going to be possible to
achieve immigration reform. It is not going to be comprehensive, that is
to say, it is not going to all be in one massive bill. We already tried
that a few years ago. We’ve seen there isn’t political support for it
and I think we’ve wasted a lot of time in this process, when we could
have made progress through the steps I’ve advocated.
“Unfortunately, a lot has been spent with that, it’s become an even
more controversial subject, more difficult to make progress on, but I’m
still saying it’s important to modernize our system and that means
improving the way we enforce in the future, modernizing the immigration
system so that it isn’t as costly and bureaucratic, and we have to deal
with the 12 million human beings who are here and no one, no one is
advocating a plan to deport 12 million people, so that topic has to be
dealt with as well.”
Rubio’s comment, targeted toward Spanish speakers, that he would keep
Obama’s first executive amnesty—enacted outside the purview of
Congress—in effect, until passing a legislative substitute with nearly
identical policies, puts him at odds with virtually the rest of the
Republican field except for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY) and Louisiana Gov. Bobby
Jindal have each said that on day one as president, they would
immediately undo Obama’s unconstitutional and illegal executive
overreaches—including DACA, as it was started without congressional
approval—rather than trying to wait for a legislative solution.
Further, Rubio is calling DACA “important,” though it’s widely
understood in the political world that this program caused the border
crisis last summer and will likely lead to a future border crisis.
Rubio’s comments endorse a policy that, in effect, brought tens of
thousands of migrant children streaming across the border illegally and
risking their lives to get into America with hopes of getting an
The last time Rubio tried to push immigration rhetoric like this—the
Gang of Eight bill back in 2013—he saw a significant drop in the polls.
As he continues exposing his true beliefs when it comes to immigration
matters, his emotional rhetoric as a presidential candidate will be
undercut by his support of policies the Republican electorate is
vehemently opposed to like Obama’s executive amnesty.
Ann Coulter, the massively influential conservative columnist, has
said that Rubio “can’t be serious” in running for president after
exposing his wildly unpopular immigration views, and he seems to be
angling for a vice presidential slot.
“I think he’s running for a vice presidential slot,” Coulter said of Rubio on Fox News. “This can’t be serious.”
It’s also worth noting that pandering on immigration to the Hispanic
community as much as Bush or Rubio have does not mean Republicans have
any better chance at gaining support in such communities.
Bush, who along with Rubio is the most liberal on immigration in the
2016 field and thinks of himself as an “honorary Hispanic” and even
checked the race as his own on a voter registration card—something he
and his campaign have tried to laugh off since the story broke—is
polling worse among Hispanics than even Mitt Romney got in 2012.
Romney, who was berated for his “self-deport” line, got by most
estimations about 29 percent of the Hispanic vote in the 2012 election
against President Barack Obama. Yet Bush, according to two recent ABC News and Washington Post
polls, trails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton among Hispanic
voters by an even worse margin than by which Romney lost—71 percent for
Clinton to 26 percent for Bush.
Perhaps most importantly, however, is that Rubio’s comments to Ramos
in Spanish show that he’s significantly further left than the majority
of Republicans in Congress on this issue. Earlier this year, the U.S.
House of Representatives passed an amendment–and then passed legislation
containing it–from Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) that would have
withheld taxpayer funding for Obama’s DACA executive amnesty.
While 26 of the most liberal Republicans
in the House voted against that amendment, it passed onto the
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill, then passed the
House. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC), who is going to face conservative
Frank Roche in a rematch in her primary next year, led the charge among
those liberal Republicans to try to derail Blackburn’s amendment.
Ellmers failed in the end.
When Rubio announced he was running for president, too, he actually
argued he’s done more for illegal aliens than Hillary Clinton has.
“Well, I don’t know about others, but I’ve done more immigration than Hillary Clinton ever did,” Rubio said
in an interview with National Public Radio. “I mean, I helped pass an
immigration bill in a Senate dominated by Democrats. And that’s more
than she’s ever done. She’s given speeches on it, but she’s never done
anything on it.”" via Free Rep.
Comment: Mr. Rubio, what's so bad about Mexico and Central America that much of the population is desperate to leave? Why over many decades do these countries continue to be failed, terror states? If these states aren't crimes against humanity what is? If you were even slightly humane or intelligent wouldn't you think this matter needs addressing? There's no sign these countries will get better especially since they have every incentive to get worse. Mr. Rubio and his pals already view Mexico and Central America as their voter base.