I’ve always hated politicians who think they can get away with taking a position in English then taking a different, or even the opposite, position when they are “back home,” speaking in a different language.
Marco Rubio is evidently one of those.
While his fondness for “immigration reform” is not exactly secret (he co-sponsored the Gang of Eight bill in 2013), he’s chosen to lay low on the topic when speaking in English because he knows that the conservatives he needs to push him into the White House think — amazingly — that “illegal” means illegal, that borders should be defended, and that people who hop the fence should generally be loaded into a catapult and lobbed back south. (All right, maybe a bus instead of a catapult, but you get the idea.)
In Spanish, however, Rubio doesn’t seem reluctant to express his support for the current catastrophic immigration policies.
On Univision, Rubio told Jorge Ramos for starters that President Obama’s first illegal executive amnesty order enacting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is “important” and he wouldn’t repeal it if he became president.
“I believe DACA is important,” Rubio said, according to an English translation. “It can’t be terminated from one moment to the next, because there are already people benefiting from it. But yes, it is going to have to end. 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 immigration reform.”
Asked to clarify, Rubio added that he would only allow the DACA order to end when it is replaced by identical legislation passed by Congress.
Rubio also said that he would push for immigration reform in the model of his unpopular “Gang of Eight” bill, but that he would seek to have it enacted piecemeal, instead of in one big legislative act.
However it’s done, Rubio evidently has no more intention of deporting any of the millions of illegal aliens that are here than does Obama.
“I’m still saying it’s important to modernize our system,” he said, “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 position on immigration puts him in the same camp as Jeb Bush, whose campaign seems to be more of a feel-good motivational seminar than a serious presidential run.
It’s good to find out now that one of the media’s leading contenders for the GOP nomination is planning to uphold Obama’s illegal executive actions in aiding a foreign invasion.
It would have been nice if he had said it to voters’ faces, in English, instead of going to Univision.
People like Rubio and Bush may think that blatant pandering to the organized Latino lobby will get them some votes, but it won’t.
The activists who make up the Latino lobby in Washington and in state capitols everywhere are mostly far-left radicals who care more about communism than what’s good for Latinos.
Americans of Latino heritage are just like most Americans. They want secure borders and a lawful society in which they can feel that their families can be safe.
If anyone from the GOP is serious about winning the nomination and then the presidency, all they really have to do is to honestly support the Constitution, the laws of the land and believe in defending America’s borders and interests.
It’s not some mystical formula, it’s called integrity and love of your country. Those are qualities that people like Rubio lack.