Rubio’s Positions on Immigration


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

Marco Rubio called Ted Cruz a liar for saying he supports amnesty. It’s all in what the definition of “is” is. This is simply for clarification, not to support or oppose any candidate. I am not saying this disqualifies Rubio but these are the facts and the whining over lying should stop.

The hill reports that Marco Rubio on Monday suggested that the Gang of Eight immigration bill was never meant to pass, only to be improved by the House.

“The Senate immigration law was not headed towards becoming law,” Rubio said Monday at a campaign appearance in South Carolina, according to NBC News. “Ideally, it was headed towards the House, where conservative members of the House were going to make it even better.”

This represents a sharp departure for Rubio, who previously called it a “good piece of legislation” that House Republicans should “take a look at.”

He has said that at least once before but it’s very different from his prior comments about it being a “good piece of legislation.”

Rubio added that the legislation he helped draft as part of a bipartisan team known as the “Gang of 8” was “the best we could do given the fact of who was running the Senate at the time,” noting Democrats were in control, “but it was never going to go from there to the president’s desk.”

He said he took particular issue with a provision raised by a questioner that the questioner said would effectively allow undocumented immigrants who were affiliated with gangs back into the United States merely if they renounced their association with the gang.

“Those were one of the things that I complained about — in fact, I was saying, these standards are too low, it’ll never pass the House, it’ll never become law,” he said.

When Amendments to the bill were offered, Marco Rubio voted against all of them.

In 2013, however, Rubio said while he expected the House to make some changes to the final bill, he hoped they would ultimately “take a look” at it.

“I think we have a good piece of legislation they should take a look at. There are a lot of good ideas that they should adopt,” he said at the time, according to Reuters.

NBC listed five positions he has held on immigration.

In 2003, he sponsored the DREAM Act in the Florida House. It allowed in-state tuition for illegal immigrants.

In 2007, as Speaker in the Florida House, he did not support the DREAM Act but also blocked bills that would have made it harder for undocumented immigrants.

In 2010, as a Tea Party darling, he said “a path to citizenship is code word for amnesty.” He took a stand against any path to legalization.

In the Senate, Rubio joined the Gang of Eight to find a compromise that includes a path to citizenship.

Now that he’s running for president, Rubio has backed away from the Gang of Eight bill. “We’re not in favor of amnesty, we’re not going to have it,” he said recently.

As far as the argument that he supports the first Obama illegal amnesty bill – yes he does. Rubio said, “I believe DACA is important. 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.”

In the famous words of Warner Wolf, “Let’s go to the videotape.”


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