Rubio to Univision on amnesty: 'The legalization is going to happen'

Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction, especially when manipulative politicians come into play. Photo: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) AP photo

FLORIDA, June 13, 2013 — It seems glaringly obvious that the Gang of Eight’s comprehensive immigration reform plan, with its oft-mentioned emphasis on border security, is really the “B.S. bill.”

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This Sunday, one of the biggest champions of B.S. explained on live television why this is, on Univision to be exact. The Center for Immigration Studies has released a partial transcript of the interview, translated from Spanish.

“You said this week that you would be inclined to vote against the legislation that you yourself helped to write unless there were some amendments that would strengthen even more the security of the border,” a host asked U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, one of the social and fiscal right’s movement-backed firebrands. “Would you be willing to throw everything overboard?”

Rubio’s response: “No, I am 100 percent committed to the issue of migration, immigration reform. To the contrary, I am going to continue working to ensure that that does not happen. My point is that if we can’t secure the border, if we can’t take the steps necessary to win the confidence of our colleagues, this is never going to become law, and we are wasting our time.

“But I don’t think we’re going to reach that point. I simply think that if we achieve a reasonable means … to secure the border and prevent any kind of other wave of illegal immigration in the future, we will have more than enough votes.”

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Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) AP photo

Here is the real kicker, though: “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 legalization.

“Then come the measures to secure the border. And then comes the process of permanent residence. What we’re talking about here is the system of permanent residence.

“As for the legalization, the enormous majority of my colleagues have accepted that it has to happen and that it has to begin at the same time we begin the measures for [the border]. It is not conditional. The legalization is not conditional.”

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To put it bluntly, amnesty comes before national security. That certainly isn’t what the television ads touting Rubio’s conservative credentials imply. That certainly isn’t what the man himself has been telling English-speaking journalists and concerned citizens. 

Rubio’s talk about stringent border safety measures and his opposition to amnesty turns out to be nothing more than talk. The age-old saying about strong winds blowing out of empty caves comes to mind. 

Rubio’s rhetoric fooled many Republican activists, though. His opposition to Roe v. Wade has bought him considerable good will from the right, but those who care about more than abortion may not stay fooled. You can fool all of the people some of the time, indeed, and some of the people all of the time, as Rubio has shown, but let’s not forget the part about not fooling all of the people all of the time. 

“The so-called Gang of Eight immigration plan now being considered by the Senate fails to live up to every major promise made by its sponsors,” U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama recently wrote in an opinion piece for the Los Angeles Times.

“Far from improving the immigration system, their 1,000-page proposal would exacerbate many of its flaws. It would dangerously undermine future enforcement while imposing substantial burdens on taxpayers and taking jobs and pay from U.S. workers.”

America’s socioeconomic future hangs in the balance. Forget the conservative movement; illegal immigration isn’t simply a matter of left-versus-right. Rather, it is about securing our country’s job supply, protecting the interests of its labor force, preventing wages from being driven down, and negating the tidal force of multiculturalism, which threatens to take an insurmountable toll on the norms and values which have made our country great.

“It is a myth that immigrants only take those jobs that Americans no longer want and therefore do not compete with American workers,” Californians for Population Stabilization executive director Jo Wideman pointed out earlier in the year.

“Excessive immigration is responsible for unemployment, underemployment and depressed wages and working conditions, not just for the working class (e.g., janitors, dry-wall hangers, gardeners and construction workers) but increasingly, for high-tech professions, such as IT and engineering, as well.”

“There is a common misperception that immigration laws exist to facilitate the orderly admission of foreign nationals who would like to live in the U.S.,” Dan Stein, the president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, explained last summer. “In reality, immigration laws exist to protect the vital interests of the people of the United States and, only then, to ensure the orderly admission of people we choose to open our doors to.” 

The bottom line is that the American people deserve far more than cheap words from politicians like Rubio. We also deserve better than deceptive legislation such as the B.S. bill. By recognizing this, we can all work toward a brighter future for our nation.

The land of the free and the home of the brave deserves nothing less. 

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Joseph Cotto

Joseph F. Cotto is a social journalist by trade and student of history by lifestyle choice. He hails from central Florida, writing about political, economic, and social issues of the day. In the past, he was a contributor to Blogcritics Magazine, among other publications. He is currently at work on a book about American society.

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