During the debate this week, Rubio tried to make Ted Cruz into a liar and said Cruz shared his views on immigration, but perhaps he is not being honest with the American people.
We all know that Rubio was the face of the Gang of Eight amnesty bill he helped author and which gave a path to citizenship to everyone who came here illegally.
Look at what he said in 2010:
“An earned path to citizenship is basically code for amnesty. If you do that, you will never have a legal immigration system that works,” Rubio said.
What he said in full was:
“First of all, earned path to citizenship is basically code for amnesty. It’s what they call it. And the reality of it is this. This has to do with the bottom line that America cannot be the only country in the world that does not enforce its immigration laws. It is unfair to the people that have legally entered this country to create an alternative pathway for individuals who entered illegally and knowingly did so. And all I’m saying is that if you do that — [crosstalk] — If I may finish statement on this. If you do that, you will never have a legal immigration system that works. No one is going to follow the law if there is an easier way to do it.”
How many times did Rubio say the Gang of Eight bill, which provided a path to citizenship, was not amnesty?
What he said during the debate is that after we secure the border (which the bill did not do), and modernize the immigration system, he said:
“I think the American people are going to be reasonable with what do you do with someone who has been in this country for 10 or 12 years who hasn’t otherwise violated our laws — because if they’re a criminal they can’t stay.”
“They’ll have to undergo a background check, pay a fine, start paying taxes. And ultimately, they’ll be given a work permit and that’s all they’re going to be allowed to have for at least 10 years. But you can’t get to that third step until you have done the other two things, and that was the lesson we learned in 2013.”
He said that when he negotiated the 2013 bill, only the bill did not secure the border though he said it did, did nothing about the 40% who come here illegally by jumping visas though he said it di, and it gave a path to citizenship for millions of people here illegally.
CNN debate moderator Dana Bash told Rubio, “You haven’t answered the question. You described a very long path, but does that path end at citizenship?”
“But I’ve answered that question repeatedly,” Rubio insisted. “I am personally open – after all that has happened and after ten years in that probationary status where all they have is a permit, I personally am open to allowing people to apply for a green card.”
“That may not be a majority position in my party, but that’s down the road. You can’t even begin that process until you prove to people — not just pass a law that says you’re going to bring illegal immigration under control. You’re going to have to do it and prove to people that it’s working.”
“And that was the lesson of 2013. And it’s more true today, than it was then. After a migratory crisis on the border with minors coming over that you’re seeing start up again now, after all these executive orders the President has issued. More than ever we need to prove to people that illegal immigration is under control.”
Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.
Rubio supported a Gang of Eight bill that included a path to citizenship in 2013 and he is trying to run away from it by going from the definite path to citizenship in the bill to a definite maybe.
Hot Air ran the following Schumer clip and said it’s because the Democrats fear Rubio, however, what Schumer is saying is true. Rubio was totally involved and totally committed. He did not resist the path to citizenship.
People who want an Establishment candidate to win the primary are sluffing this off. What do you think?
What might be the more important question is can he be trusted? Illegal immigration and unvetted refugees are an important issue for the American people but not for the Democrat and Republican Establishment elites.
The “tough” path to citizenship Schumer describes was always a joke. Waivers for fees were in the bill and the first thing the Democrats would have done after it was passed would have been to insist it was cruel to make them wait for citizenship.
Schumer stating the obvious, Marco was all in on the Gang of Eight bill: