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Marco Rubio’s Big Immigration Mistake

June 28, 2013 by  

Marco Rubio’s Big Immigration Mistake

What a sad transformation it’s been to see Senator Marco Rubio go from being a Tea Party hero to an apologist for the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill.

Back in 2010, Rubio was a handsome and articulate State Senator in Florida when he decided to run for the U.S. Senate. Doing so meant defying the Republican establishment’s hand-picked selection, then-Governor Charlie Crist.

There were two make-or-break issues in the Republican primary that year. The first was Barack Obama’s massively expensive stimulus program. Crist was so enamored of it that he actually agreed to have a photograph taken of him publicly embracing the President. We’ll never know how many votes that hug cost him, but it was a bunch.

Rubio said that counting on Federal handouts to create jobs was a huge mistake. He called instead for letting the free enterprise system work, by lowering taxes and reducing regulation. The voters made it clear which message they preferred.

The other issue that marked a sharp disagreement between the two candidates was immigration reform and, in particular, amnesty for the millions of people who were in this country illegally. Crist endorsed amnesty; Rubio, the son of immigrants from Cuba, said he was unalterably opposed to it. In speech after speech, Rubio repeated this warning in some form: If you grant amnesty in any form, you will destroy any chance we ever have of having a legal immigration system that works here in America.

It was those two stands, more than any others, that made Rubio a Tea Party favorite and led to his victory over his much more liberal opponent. Crist subsequently resigned from the Republican Party and joined the Democrats.

But since then, Rubio agreed to become one of four Republican members of the Senate’s Gang of Eight. Since two of his Republican colleagues were John McCain of Arizona and Lindsay Graham of South Carolina and the Democrat members included Chuck Schumer of New York and Robert Menendez of New Jersey, you won’t be surprised to learn that the final agreement includes amnesty.

It was also apparent that a whole lot of horse-trading was going on behind the scenes to ensure passage of the bill. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), one of the Tea Party heroes who has not abandoned his opposition to the current immigration bill, castigated the “laundry list of buyoffs” that has been made to insure a favorable vote. These include:

  • Diverting a chunk of the money for border security to Maine — a State that, so far as I know, has never had a problem with illegal immigrants hiking in from Canada — to win the support of Susan Collins, that State’s Senator.
  • Some special bequests for the seafood industry in Alaska, so that State’s two Senators, Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich, will get behind the bill.
  • And in one of the smelliest deals of all, a $1.5 billion jobs program, the price demanded by Vermont’s socialist Senator Bernie Sanders for his support.

All of that helps explain why Cruz said, “Rarely do we see so transparently how votes in the Senate are bought and sold.” Oh yes we have, Senator. It’s just that in the past they were called “earmarks.”

After weeks of behind-the-scenes wheeling and dealing, the current immigration bill was finally made available for Senators to see last Friday afternoon. The Senate was expected to vote on some of its most important provisions just 72 hours later. Does the process remind you of the way Obamacare was rushed through Congress?

No matter. The bill was approved yesterday by a vote of 68-32, followed by a ton of self-congratulation among the victorious Senators. The measure now goes to the House of Representatives, where it will face a much tougher battle.

If there’s any lesson we’ve learned over the recent past, it’s that we can’t trust a politician’s promise. Yet that’s exactly what this current measure does when it comes to protecting our borders. It calls for beginning the legalization process now and says that border protection will follow. “Trust us on this” is the refrain.

Are they crazy?

The proposal says that the border is “secure” when it catches or keeps out 90 percent of those who try to enter the country illegally. That’s far from perfect, but it’s sure a heck of a lot better than we’ve been doing.

The question is: Who decides when that goal is achieved? The current legislation calls for the President and his minions to make that determination. We’re supposed to trust the same folks who have screwed up on so many fronts for so long. That’s ridiculous.

Instead, Congress should be the branch that determines when our border is secure. Members of the House of Representatives are a lot more accountable to the voters than any President — especially a lame duck who won’t run for office again.

What This Bill Doesn’t Do

There’s been a lot of talk about what this bill does, including all of the promises about tightening up our borders. But far more important is something it doesn’t do. In fact, it’s an issue that is almost never even mentioned in the immigration debate.

I’m referring to the absurdity of granting citizenship to each and every child who is born within our borders — no matter if the parents are here legally or not.

That’s right. It is the official policy of the U.S. government that any child, born in this country to illegal immigrants, automatically and immediately becomes a citizen of the United States.

Such infants are sometimes referred to as “anchor babies,” because their immediate and automatic citizenship is the “anchor” on which a host of other claims, from welfare to others’ citizenship, can be made.

On the face of it, this sounds patently absurd. How can a newborn baby be eligible for citizenship when his parents are not? Not merely eligible, mind you, but granted it automatically? The new citizen is immediately entitled to all the benefits that accompany citizenship: schooling, medical care, food stamps and other welfare, and a whole host of “public assistance.”

This is not how it should be. Yes, it’s true we are a Nation of immigrants. But what a difference there is between this process and what our predecessors experienced. Many of us have grandparents or great-grandparents who overcame incredible obstacles to become citizens of this country. Before they were accepted, they had to pass a rigorous and demanding test. The questions they were asked and their answers had to be in English.

As an essential part of the process, every immigrant was required to renounce allegiance to the country he had left and to swear allegiance to his newly adopted home, the United States. And every new citizen was thrilled to do so.

There was a solemn ceremony, often conducted by a judge sitting high on a bench above them, issuing the oath of allegiance. Friends and family welcomed the new citizens with flag waving, hugs and tears, and enthusiastic applause.

That is what citizenship for an immigrant used to mean — and still does, for many adults who follow the rules. But today, we are required to grant the same privileges to anyone whose mother can sneak across our border a few hours before her baby is born. That is insane. And it must be changed, if we ever hope to regain control of our immigration policies.

Rubio recognizes that many of his supporters disagree with him on immigration. A Rasmussen poll says his support among conservatives has dropped 15 percent since February.

Rubio admits it’s been difficult for him to hear “the growing anger in the voices of so many people who helped me get elected to the Senate and who I agree with on virtually every other issue.”

Rubio, there’s an easy solution here: Please come back to your base. Remember why so many of us hailed your triumph three years ago. And return to the principles that lead to your amazing victory.

As the son of (legal) immigrants and a proud Hispanic yourself, you are in a unique position to insist that first we must secure our borders. That’s our right — and our obligation. And that we must end the absurdity of granting instant citizenship to anchor babies.

If you’ll use your eloquence and enthusiasm to make sure we don’t compromise here, you’ll be doing a huge service to the country you love.

Until next time, keep some powder dry.

–Chip Wood

Chip Wood

is the geopolitical editor of He is the founder of Soundview Publications, in Atlanta, where he was also the host of an award-winning radio talk show for many years. He was the publisher of several bestselling books, including Crisis Investing by Doug Casey, None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen and Larry Abraham and The War on Gold by Anthony Sutton. Chip is well known on the investment conference circuit where he has served as Master of Ceremonies for FreedomFest, The New Orleans Investment Conference, Sovereign Society, and The Atlanta Investment Conference.

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  • CECILIA Ibarra

    I would comment. If my request was honored, but it isn’t. I never gave my last name , only my first. I do not wish to make any comments under that situation.

    • Mariya

      Real Amnesty ? Yes!!! No more slavery!!!Selfishly people and slave owners shut up!

      • SouthernBelle

        Won’t you please tell me mariya, why would anyone who has criminally broken so many of our United States laws even DESERVE amnesty? As a fullblown CRIMINAL you have the audacity to say they are SLAVES? Obviously you have no concept of real slavery in the history of this country and how those American CITIZENS were so horrendously treated! I can not believe you could be so callous and selfish! We don’t need, or want free-loading, loudmouth, simpleton, inconsiderate, ungrateful moochers and takers like you and your network of useless infiltraters. Go home and work on making YOUR homeland better instead of making OURS worse.

  • Wesley Vickery

    The British Labour Party, suffered the same identify crisis, ultimately “reforming” under the banner of “New Labour.” Let’s be frank, the Conservatives, in an attempt to regain lost ground, have lost their moral compass, along with any reputation to lead this great Country. Unless we the people halt this negative trend, the party will be relegated/designated to the proverbial scrap heap.

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  • http://Personalliberty Katrina

    People who dance are dancers, those who sing ate called singers , who run are called runners. Logic follows that those who lie are liars. Mr Rubio, do you tell the truth or lies?

  • http://n/a c batzer

    I called my Representative. Who knows if we matter.

  • Chris Malli

    The republicans have caved in on all our issues. They are letting this administration make a mockery out of the constitution.cant even get to the bottom of all the scandals. Bottom line this senate and congress and its leaders have proven to be useless. Not worth putting gas in the tank to go vote, unless you live in Texas.

  • Susan

    Are they crazy this bill kills American jobs as it rewards employers who hire immigrants and finds. The employer 5000.00-for hiring and American.over an immigrant. There is so much pork in this bill and why should people who broke the law be rewarde with cars, scooters and all kinds of free money, they broke the law they cake here illegally, My Grandparents came here legally they had to. Have a sponsor, and why can’t we that way, pritect the borders as they are also allot of Muslims with ties to jyhaid what they hell was Rubio thiking, he has totally screwed up. And backtracked and lied, Washington has corrupted him. Money has corrupted him, I wonder how much money he got, what peels he sold America down the road for!?

    • TOB

      I used to think I should take a better look at Rubio in 2016, but the more I hear from him I don’t even want to see his lips move. I don’t want to hear his families sad stories most of our own families have similar stories and our families came through Ellis Island or the proper LEGAL routes not through cut fences, wading across a river and scattering through desert land, trespassing over LEGAL citizens properties, breaking all kinds of laws to get here. These people are criminal and deserve JAIL, not amnesty. They are not only undocumented, they ARE ILLEGAL. Criminals are not allowed citizenship. Round them up and put them in FEMA’S internment camps.

    • Ron r

      What the hell do Muslims have to do with this. You can bet your chewing tobacco they are screened.

      • Kathy

        Muslims are also crossing the border from Mexico by the dozens and entering the country illegally.

  • TOB

    What Rubio forgot to tell was that his parents followed our laws to become citizens unlike illegals who are forcing their will on the American laws and citizens. Most legal immigrants have stories of how they arrived in this country with stories of how rough it was to get situated in a new and strange country. Wait I must wipe my tears away. My forefathers came legally jumping through all the hoops and making successful citizens and making a hard, but comfortable living and teaching us to respect the laws of our new country and passing that respect through the generations. Today’s illegal immigrants want all the cookies and cake without bringing anything to the table and complain because there are no tacos or enchiladas on the table and refuse to make the tacos

    • Ron r

      Rubios parents needed nothing but to prove they w ere from Cuba ,they get in automatically. So they got safe passage . A lot different than sneeking here to work for low wages from a willing employer.

  • Manuel

    We need immigration reform no doubt. The anchor baby rule is in the constitution. The baby had no choice in where they were born,

    • patricia

      : Manuel this are illegal having more and more babies just to receive everything for free, they are not so ignorant like people think there pretty smart , especially knowing what type of freebis are out there . I’m not saying all of them but the majority all they want i is what the government have to offer and in top of that they get earn credit income by lending there children to others that do file income tax its all a rip off and so since they dud not earned any type if honest work credentials they shoud be DISQUALIFIED for any type of reform. Thanks nothing is free UK must earn wages and proof it in black and white

      • Ron r

        You like most have gotten your talking points from Fox “News” and others in the bubble because the vast majority of them come from hard working families who pay into social security yet get nothing back from it. It amazes me that so many in the right wing bubble will talk negatively about minorities getting free stuff when the majority of the people getting free stuff are in he majority. Where was the out cry when this was done on Reagan’s watch??

  • Troy

    Republicans have so little marketing skills. This bill immediately needs to be called the “Rubio Bill”. By everyone in the house. Then make the changes we want, still calling it the Rubio Bill. Send it to conference with the senate and force the failure of immigration reform onto Ried and Obama. But Boehner is so effing stupid politically, this will never happen. By calling this the Rubio Bill republicans will OWN immigration reform!!

  • patricia

    Re: Anchor babies , i agree that if there parents came here for a better working place, then why are these certain illegals having ecery right to automatically after thet deliver have all rights to request for an interpeter to fill government assistant forms ! This makes this type if illegals two criminals for having everthing planned for the newborn . Please stop this big time baby business in this country so completely say all illegals tgat lived on government assistance while the parents came here illegal they should not be able to tge immigration reform .

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  • omanuel

    Rubio is not at fault for belatey joining the forces that have been consistently winning the battle to control mankind since the end of the Second World War.

    Next week I hope to show that he jumped on a bandwagon -headed over the cliff:

    When I return from vacation next week, I hope to finish and submit a manuscript showing that:

    Well-intentioned but foolish international agreements to save mankind from the threat of nuclear annihilation – by obscuring the energy (E) stored as mass (m) in cores of atoms, planets, stars and galaxies – instead destroyed credibility in post-1945 world governments, the integrity of science and the inalienable right of mankind to self-govern.

    Recent government spying on citizens is as desperate as the actions of a drowning person. They will only hasten the end of this tragic drama.

    Grants and awards inflated the egos of post-WWII scientists, as invisible new clothes fooled the emperor in a classic fairy tale.  Ego deflation by acceptance of reality will restore sanity to society and destroy man’s dangerous illusion of control over Nature.

    I regret being so slow to decipher this post-1945 web of well-intentioned deceit.

    With deep regrets,
    Oliver K. Manuel
    Former NASA Principal
    Investigator for Apollo

    PS - These post-1945 discoveries will likely be confirmed:

    1. Two forms of one fundamental particle – the neutron and its expanded form, the hydrogen atom – comprise the whole universe. It can be understood by all.  This reality has been obscured by imaginary a.) Subdivisions of fundamental particles (quarks, gluons, God particles, etc.) and elements (Ne-A, Ne-B, Ne-C, etc.) and b.) Processes (superheavy element fission and interstellar grains in meteorites). 

    2. The Sun made our elements and then exploded five billion years ago to birth the solar system.

    3.  Light elements existed only in the outer layer of the stellar debris that formed the outer planets.  Heavy elements of different isotopic composition in different stellar layers are “normal” in inner planets and “strange” in outer planets. 

    4. The Sun’s core is a pulsar, energized by neutron repulsion. 

    5. Self-sustaining nuclear reactors operated on the early Earth.

    6. Nuclear reactors still operate in cores of some planets.

    7. “Cold” fusion is a viable energy source.

    These seven consensus models of reality will likely be falsified:

    1. The Standard Solar Model of Hydrogen-filled stars.

    2. Yukawa’s model of all attractive nuclear forces.

    3. Models of pulsars as dead embers of ordinary stars.

    4. Theoretical models of black holes.

    5. Sub-particles of neutrons & protons: quarks, gluons, etc.

    6. Oscillating solar neutrinos, and

    7. AGW/AGC models of global warming & cooling induced by humans.

    Oliver K. Manuel
    28 June 2013

  • MarieMitchell

    I am still looking for America.

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  • Peter Reyes

    rubio is out the door

  • shadow1776

    As the politicians move up the chain, the Government lets them in on more and more. Knowing that if they want to amass power, then they better get on board. The U.N. The Bilderbrands, the NSA, CIA ect.ect. The Government is prepared, are you.? They have disposable coffins ready, Fema camps with razor wire, ordering lots more ammo, they have some U.N. Troops already in America. Pluss chemicals in the water, GMO grain. Taking your freedoms, and money. Don’t take anyones word, check online.

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  • Michael

    Rubio is like Obama in my eyes now when his mouth is moving the words coming out can’t be trusted…..

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