Fact Check! What Rubio Really Plans to Do About Amnesty


Senator Marco Rubio is interviewed by National Journal's Major Garrett during the Washington Ideas forum, at The Newseum in Washington

Senator Marco Rubio supports amnesty but he doesn’t support blanket amnesty.

He was asked about it at a town hall Wednesday.


Marco Rubio supports legalization which he says is not amnesty.

He wants a wall and fence but it will close off only one-third of the border. Marco Rubio told Bill O’Reilly last Friday night that he’ll build a 700 mile fence. However, the border is almost 2,000 miles long.

The Florida senator was the spokesperson for the senate immigration bill which didn’t deal with visa overstays and it didn’t close the border for years, if ever.

Rubio’s Gang of Eight bill would have required illegal immigrants to wait five or ten years and they would have to pay a fine but there were exceptions for the fines and the wait times.

Rubio now says that nothing will be done until they’ve put in place e-verify, more agents, and a tracking system but he said that before, both in Florida when he ran for the Senate and before the Senate Gang of Eight bill.

While discussing it with O’Reilly on Friday, Rubio outlined the requirements in the Gang of Eight senate bill as the process he would adopt for immigrants to apply for a green card.


In 2013, in Spanish, on Univision, he said, “Let’s be clear. Nobody is talking about preventing the legalization. The legalization is going to happen. That means the following will happen. First comes the legislation. Then comes the measures to secure the border. And then comes the process of permanent residence.”

That was very clear but not so much in most public appeals for the Gang of Eight bill. In those ads, he said border security must come before immigrants receive legal permanent residence and he did not stress the fact that millions would receive immediate legalization, before any security measures.

History has shown us that those promised security measures never take place.

On Sanctuary Cities: Rubio told O’Reilly he will cut federal law enforcement funding. He didn’t say welfare. He was specific – law enforcement funding.

Rubio voted for Obamatrade – the TPP, HR 1314 without knowing what is in it, which is another problem for many Republicans.

Ted Cruz offered an amendment to provide amnesty but no path to citizenship but the Gang of Eight was 100% committed to its extreme, uncompromising vision of immigration reform. They got away with it because Rubio was their spokesperson and he gave it credibility.

Rubio demonized his opponents. His Chief of Staff insulted conservatives who disagreed as radicals.

He was so very wrong about it.

Rush Limbaugh says Rubio is a “legitimate, full-throated conservative,” not a member of the Republican establishment. He adds that “nobody’s pure, and nobody is ever free of making mistakes.”

Maybe so, you decide.



  1. RUBIO is nothing more than a fast talking snake oil salesman, the guy is all over the place about any subject, America voters please be careful!!!!

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