Rubio Has Liberal Record on Immigration in Florida Legislature

Marco Rubio (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Marco Rubio (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Like many conservatives, I once thought Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) was a solid, reliable conservative.

Then he joined with the so-called “Gang of 8” in crafting a sellout amnesty proposal that Rubio and some others still claim isn’t amnesty even though it clearly is.

Rubio himself even said in the 2010 campaign that liberal code-phrases like “path to citizenship” are just amnesty.

So why did he change so much?

Maybe he didn’t really change at all.


From the Daily Caller:

Numerous enforcement proposals – ranging from bills requiring employers to check the status of workers to others mandating increased cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration agencies – were blocked by Rubio even though they cleared bipartisan committees.

The bills in Florida’s Legislature would have penalized farmers and government contractors caught hiring undocumented workers; placed stricter regulations on public benefits; and required local police to notify federal authorities after arresting illegal immigrants.

Rubio also stopped bills from coming to the floor that would have deported illegal immigrants in state prisons and that would have denied food stamps to illegal immigrants.

He even stopped a bipartisan proposal that would have allowed the deportation of about 5,000 illegal immigrants in Florida prisons, provided they had served half their sentence and agreed to be deported. Similar legislation saved $141 million and $13 million in prison costs in New York and Arizona.

And that’s not the entire list of illegal immigration bills Rubio fought or blocked in Florida. Read the rest of the article to find out more.

It sounds like Rubio was the kind of legislator we have too many of here in South Dakota: double-talking RINO hypocrites who like to claim they are Republicans and that they oppose illegal immigration…all the while they fight efforts to deal with the problem.

We need leaders at both the state and federal level who are serious about dealing with this-and other-important problem.  We already have too many who say one thing and do another.

Will Rubio figure this out and get his heart and mind right before his credibility is exhausted?  Time will tell…and the clock is ticking…fast.

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