Marco Rubio’s Immigration Dilemma

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Can he persuade conservatives that his immigration bill is really a reform? What would a President Marco Rubio do about immigration?
To attempt to answer this question, let us review the past, analyze the present, and prognosticate about the future.
The core framework of the Schumer–Rubio immigration bill (S-744) of 2013 was first developed in the failed Kennedy–McCain legislation of 2005. For example, on amnesty, Kennedy–McCain proposed an immediate “Z visa” for illegal immigrants, while Schumer–Rubio granted immediate “provisional” status. Although technically on “probation,” the illegal immigrants were essentially granted immediate amnesty under both bills (including work permits and Social Security cards) before any guarantee of border security was put in place.
Chris Crane, the head of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) union, told Breitbart News that Schumer–Rubio was actually “weaker” than current law. There were over 1,000 waivers, which gave the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) the power to bypass enforcement. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Council, which represents 12,000 federal employees, denounced Schumer–Rubio, declaring: “It was deliberately designed to undermine the integrity of our lawful immigration system.”

Further, the ICE Officers Council stated: “The 1,200-page substitute bill before the Senate will provide instant legalization and a path to citizenship to gang members and other dangerous criminal aliens.” Moreover, the Congressional Budget Office declared that S-744 would not stop most illegal immigration. The CBO forecast that Schumer–Rubio would reduce illegal immigration by only one-third to one-half. And the bill would almost double legal (overwhelmingly low-skilled) immigration. This is a much larger increase than under Kennedy–McCain.


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One Response to Marco Rubio’s Immigration Dilemma

  1. William "Bill" Hicks February 25, 2016 at 8:21 am

    The question I have is…….”Is there a difference today in Rubio’s immigration plan and the Schumer/Rubio plan of 2013?

    Certainly Rubio is very good at answering questions in a quick concise way. So, has he seen the light that a defacto amnesty will only increase the venom that conservatives have for mainstream republican candidates? Then, would he be considered a mainstream republican?

    I like what I hear from him, but can he be trusted enough to draw the vote from Trump to him?


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