Marco Rubio Is Promising To Be As Anti-Immigrant As Trump
Marco Rubio, the once Great Latino Hope of the Republican Party who couldn’t even beat Trump in Rubio’s own state of Florida, is still trying to keep his Senate seat.
This despite the fact that he told reporters back in March that he was going to finish out his term and be a private citizen, very clearly saying that he wouldn’t run for reelection.
Well, guess what? Rubio is running again for a job he has repeatedly said he doesn’t even actually like and doesn’t even really show up for.
I have only said like 10000 times I will be a private citizen in January.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 17, 2016
To be fair, people are allowed to change their minds, and Rubio is really good at doing that.
Take immigration reform, for example. On Monday, Rubio announced what he plans to do on the issue should he win reelection. In short, they are very similar to Trump’s proposals.
— Juan Escalante (@JuanSaaa) August 1, 2016
Rubio’s anti-immigrant policies aren’t exactly new. Back in July, he talked about the importance of a border wall.
But believe it or not, there was a point when Rubio not only supported immigration reform, but tried to be the face of it.
In 2013, Rubio was a part of the “Gang of Eight,” eight Senators from both parties who were making a concerted effort to pass a bill that compromised on both sides. That bill never made it past the Tea Party-influenced House of Representatives.
Still, that didn’t stop Rubio from getting publicity out of the affair. Here’s him in a Time Magazine cover story talking about how his undocumented grandfather (lol yup!) taught him about compassion for refugee kids from Central America:
“He didn’t have a legal right to be here, but America wasn’t going to deport an elderly man to a communist dictatorship,” Rubio says. “It equates to these kids who were brought here when they were 5 or 6 and have no memory of the country where they were born. America is a compassionate country that says, ‘Let’s help these folks.’ But you have to do it in a way that doesn’t encourage people to bring their kids in the future, so they can get the same benefit. It’s complicated.”
But that was then and this is now. In the present, the conservative/GOP views on immigration are much harsher, which means that Rubio wants Republicans to vote for him, he needs to toe what appears to be the party line.
The move seems to be working. Marco Rubio is leading in Florida and is on track to win reelection.
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