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Fri Mar 22, 2013, 12:26 PM

Marco Rubio doesn't support blanket amnesty or a special pathway to citizenship.

"I've never been in support of a special pathway to citizenship." said Rubio in an interview in his attempt to one up his 2016 front runner challenger Rand Paul's statement that we aren't going to deport 12 million people.

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/03/19/rubio-praises-paul-on-immigration/

"...Actually, what I've never been for is a special pathway to citizenship," he said, placing the emphasis on the word "special."

Rubio described his proposal, implying there would be nothing special about it. He argued it would take quite some time for an undocumented immigrant to eventually gain citizenship.

"I'm saying that all we do is that we allow people to earn, to basically apply for and, if they qualify, receive a legal status. And then at some point in the future, when some time has elapsed and the security measures are in place, then the only thing people would get is the opportunity to apply for a green card. We wouldn't award one, either."

If they receive that green card, then they can apply for citizenship "at some point in the future," Rubio added. ..."


Rubio's plan would provide for a green card and an indefinite status as a legal resident non citizen while being required to pay taxes but never being guaranteed a right to future permanent citizenship.

Unlike the "special" path to citizenship afforded to Cuban refuges who make it to dry land on American soil. I would suggest that had Rubios parents been held to the same standard that he is willing to impose on others, they would still be waiting for citizenship, and he wouldn't like it. Rubio is an anchor baby, born of parents who fled Cuba for economic freedom in America (just like most hispanics in this country) several years prior to Castro's return to Cuba from a self imposed exile in Europe. I suggest that some brave congressman propose a bill that ends the preferential treatment of legal status given to Cuban refugees and we'll see how Rubio really feels about "special pathways to citizenship".

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Reply Marco Rubio doesn't support blanket amnesty or a special pathway to citizenship. (Original post)
politicaljunkie41910 Mar 2013 OP
Donald Ian Rankin Mar 2013 #1
politicaljunkie41910 Mar 2013 #2
mgcgulfcoast Mar 2013 #3
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Response to politicaljunkie41910 (Original post)

Sat Mar 23, 2013, 11:29 AM

1. His suggestion sounds reasonable, to be honest.

I think the idea that having illegally immigrated should make it easier to get citizenship than having obeyed the law is both foolish and immoral.

It it clearly neither practical nor humane to deport 10,000,000 people, and it's clearly better to have them living in the country as legal, documented, tax-paying residents, who can report crimes against them to the police without fear of being deported, than as illegal immigrants. But breaking the law should not help to achieve citizenship.

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Response to Donald Ian Rankin (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 12:16 PM

2. I was merely pointing out the hypocrisy in Rubio's ideas, like most repubs.

There's one standard for them, and one for everyone else. There is no reason for Cubans coming to this country to have a "special pathway to citizenship" that isn't available to others seeking economic opportunity is America, which is what Rubio's parents were doing when they came here in several years in advance of the Fidel Castro revolution.

"...Unlike the "special" path to citizenship afforded to Cuban refuges who make it to dry land on American soil. I would suggest that had Rubios parents been held to the same standard that he is willing to impose on others, they would still be waiting for citizenship, and he wouldn't like it. Rubio is an anchor baby, born of parents who fled Cuba for economic freedom in America (just like most hispanics in this country) several years prior to Castro's return to Cuba from a self imposed exile in Europe. I suggest that some brave congressman propose a bill that ends the preferential treatment of legal status given to Cuban refugees and we'll see how Rubio really feels about "special pathways to citizenship". ...

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Fri Mar 29, 2013, 10:43 PM

3. i dont see much difference between rubio and the President

on this issue to be honest. its a pretty good plan

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Response to mgcgulfcoast (Reply #3)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 12:30 PM

4. That is the most painful part of this process

watching all these jackass republicans coming to where normal people have been for a decade now (including the POTUS) while trying to find a way to put words together that make their being in the same position both seem like they are not in the same position and that the position they share with the POTUS is a major disaster for the country.

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