Did Marco Rubio just lose your support for 2016?

What do you think of Senator Marco Rubio‘s decision to support an immigration plan that is similar to President Obama’s? Does this change your opinion of him? Do you agree with his amnesty plan, or should we figure out how to send people back to their native country? If Rubio runs for president, would you support him knowing that he is pushing an amnesty program?

Read the article below, and then tell us what you think in the comments section at the bottom of this page. We want to hear from you.

From The Broward Palm Beach New Times:

Marco RubioWith Republicans foundering amid fiscal-cliff apoplexy and John Boehner looking more bewildered by the day, Marco Rubio, in a sharp departure from earlier hard-line immigration positions, said yesterday he’s in favor of a pathway to citizenship.

Wait, wait, wait. Actually, what he said was: “The best way to deal with [the 11 million illegal immigrants] is not a special pathway to citizenship.”

What Rubio wants instead is perhaps a Roundabout to Citizenship. Maybe a Road Construction: Detour to Citizenship.

As the New York Times put it: “After a certain period, he said, immigrants would be allowed to apply to become legal permanent residents, a status that would eventually allow them to become citizens.”

Isn’t that, um, a pathway to citizenship?

Well, no, said Rubio, who rode the Tea Party surge and anti-immigrant rhetoric into the U.S. Senate in 2010 and has since positioned himself not only for prominence in Congress but also for a prospective run at the White House.

His new position, he says, accounts for all sorts of things before granting undocumented workers legal status. For one, they have to show a clean criminal background, pay fines, and pass several language and “civic” tests. Then, they must go through a probationary period before entering a green-card line toward citizenship.

All of this sounds kind of familiar.


Undocumented workers “have to get right with the law before they can get in line and earn their citizenship,” the prez says.

(The New Republican strategy: Copy everything — except for taxes, silly! — from Barack Obama. It seems to be working with the people.)

After Rubio unveiled his plan, Republicans flocked to the Miami politician’s side. Paul Ryan, emerging from his recent electoral rejection, threw his support behind Rubio, saying on his Facebook page: “I support the principles he’s outlined.”

And while old white-guy stalwarts like John McCain and Lindsey Graham continue to harrumph against immigration, calling for mass deportation, there are tremors of something younger in the Republican Party, illustrated with Ryan and Rubio. It may just modernize the party.

Because if they don’t, no one will.

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  1. My thoughts: Rubio, et al, want the tax “revenue” that’s what, plus the fines and attorney fees undocumented workers will incur for being in this country illegally. If this is the modernization of the new GOP, then they are just stepping in line with the Democrats. I can’t say I’m shocked, but rather outraged over Rubio’s pandering for votes because that’s what it looks like it is. I’m also outraged over the fact that the feds continue to do nothing to protect our borders but choose to sue Gov Brewer and the state of Arizona for attempting to protect their citizens . Few Californians in their right minds cross the border to Mexico (unless they have family) these days because they know they are risking their lives if they do. Mexico has become lawless, and looks like the U.S. is becoming that way, too. This is a very sad time for America.

    In conclusion, Rubio just lost any future vote from me. The problem with immigration has been going on for decades so why would politicians want to deport illegal immigrants when they collect more money from them. I find it disgusting.

  2. Not sure deportation would work, be feasible, or is even right. The cat is out of the bag. So, the next best solution, would probably be Rubio’s, because it will sift out criminals, and those who may not be willing to go through the process.

    However, the democrats are not likely to go along with any plan to solve the problem. They like to have it to use for political leverage.

    We shall see…

    George Mardre

    • Do you believe that, since the Democrats have control of the Presidency and the Senate, that the GOP should force them to introduce the policies first? That way, the right can pick at their ideas, rather than the other way around, for once.

      Your point that the Dems need this for political leverage is well taken.

  3. fredhunt3 says:

    The Romney plan for Self Deportation was patently not viable and contributed toward our loss in the election. It also hi-lighted the GOP myopia regarding this problem. With 11 million illegals, the non-amnesty, deportation stance of many in the GOP is also not viable. A comprehensive immigration policy must include both securing the borders and some accommodation for illegals who have shown traits of good citizenship over some reasonable time period.
    The semantics discussions re Pathway/Earning and others are similar approaches toward a reasonable solution, The GOP cannot adopt a policy of opposing almost everything that the President proposes. Yes, the proposal by President Obama and Senator Rubio are similar because they both are taking a rational and reasonable approach. The GOP has to generate the courage to put the best interests of the country ahead of the obstructionism that they are tagged with.
    I am a staunch conservative Republican, but not one to follow a self-defeating mantra of No! No! No! A broad support of Senator Rubio’s pragmatic approach would show to many that the new GOP knows where to pick their battles and in turn develop some solidarity which is critically needed. Also, leaders in Washington need to gain more popular support as opposed to the divisiveness that prevails. Agreeing on one area can in fact, demonstrate strength as opposed perceived capitulation.
    Senator Rubio may be showing the wisdom, confidence and strength that can guide the GOP out of its current ineffectiveness. Old is not always the cloak of wisdom and young is not always impulsive, brash and irresponsible. Mr. Rubio, you have my vote.
    Frederick Hunt

  4. Rubio is a freaking neocon statist. I used to be a Republican until I figured out that Republicans are big government warmongering big spending commie statists. I now vote Libertarian (since 2006). May the GOP and its traitors rot in hell until the party is taken over by constitutionalists and liberty activists.

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