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(Video) Is Jeb Bush "Pandering" When It Comes To Immigration Reform?

Apr 10, 2014 1:28 PM PT

Jeb Bush is not too happy with Congressman Labrador's take on his "Act of Love" remark  on immigration reform. Labrador said Bush was "pandering" on immigration reform.

 Labrador says he wants to address immigration reform in a way that will let Americans know that members of Congress understand the importance of national sovereignty and of being a US citizen.

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Jeb Bush's Illegal Immigrants Are the "Real Risk Takers" Comment

Mar 22, 2014 8:18 AM PT

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has quadruple down on his position for amnesty for illegal immigrants. During a recent keynote address at a pro-business breakfast, Bush said that less illegals were coming here because things Mexico were so great now.

Bush also stated that all immigrants, including those illegal ones, are the real "risk takers" in the immigration reform problem.

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NY Senate Rejects Taxpayer Subsidies For Illegal College Students

Mar 18, 2014 3:58 AM PT

The New York Senate failed to pass a measure that would have provided tens of millions in taxpayer dollars to illegal immigrant college students who are already permitted to pay In-state tuition rates under existing law.

The bill was defeated by a ruling coalition of Republicans and Democrats despite support from New York Governor Cuomo.

The 30-29 vote was short of the 32 votes needed to pass, a rare defeat for a bill on the floor of the Senate. There are 63 seats, two are vacant, and two senators did not vote.

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Ireland's Prime Minister Pushes for Immigration Reform During Visit

Mar 14, 2014 5:56 PM PT

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny was in Washington today as part of a long-observed St. Patrick's Day tradition. He also used the visit to lobby the American government for immigration reform, in effect asking for amnesty for an estimated 50,000 undocumented Irish living illegally in the United States.

Kenny "urged Congress to pass immigration reform, noting that 50,000 undocumented Irish live in the United States, according to The L.A. Times.

"And what we want is a process of legalization, where they pay their taxes, pay their way, raise their families, travel home and travel back," he said.

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'Neville Chamberlain's Calling, He Wants His Foreign Policy Back'

Mar 6, 2014 1:02 PM PT

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) thrilled the crowd at "The Uninvited II," the second annual side conference at the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC), hosted by Breitbart News and EMPact America.

"Neville Chamberlain's calling, he wants his foreign policy back," Gohmert quipped, playing off President Barack Obama's snarky put-down of Republican challenger Mitt Romney during their third presidential debate.

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Florida Democrat: we need immigration reform to get hotel maids and lawn guys

Feb 25, 2014 12:57 PM PT

It's a damn good thing for Alex Sink, the Democrat running against David Jolly in a tight Florida special election for Congress, that she isn't a Republican.  If she had an (R) after her name, there would be nothing left of her after remarking that immigration reform is vitally necessary to keep hotels full of maids, and lawns well-tended:

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Reid Urges Obama To Bypass Congress on Deportations

Feb 18, 2014 1:13 PM PT

It's very unbecoming of these Democrats to be openly rooting for a Dictatorship - even as it diminishes their own congressional powers.

But the Majority Leader is doing it. He wants Obama to "review possible administrative actions to halt the deportations of illegal immigrants now that reform legislation has stalled in Congress." 

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'Voting Rights Gladiator' Battles KS Sec of State Kris Kobach in Court

Feb 13, 2014 10:03 AM PT

A Justice Department lawyer who describes himself as a "Voting Rights Gladiator" on Twitter, was in a Kansas court Tuesday, trying to stop Kansas and Arizona from verifying the citizenship of people registering to vote. 

Via J Christian Adams at PJ Media:

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, relying on a United States Supreme Court opinion of last year, asked the federal Election Assistance Commission to permit him to ensure that only citizens were registering to vote.

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Did I call this, or what?

Feb 2, 2014 12:34 PM PT

Shot, from me on Friday afternoon:

Skeptics of the GOP leadership wonder if they’re capable of thinking more than one move ahead.  Don’t they realize that giving up 25 percent of what the Left wants will swiftly lead to their denunciation as monsters for withholding the other 75 percent?  The day after quasi-citizenship is instituted, it will be denounced as apartheid.  There is no way the Left will stop until every illegal alien in the United States is a full citizen with voting rights and access to all government programs.  They’re not going to applaud Republicans for slowly giving them what they want; they’ll complain about how long it’s taking.  I have never seen politicians set themselves up for a fall more perfectly than the Republican clay pigeons who think “limited status with no special pathway to citizenship” is going to end an argument or solve a political problem for them.

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2014 is the GOP's to lose - and that might just be what they want

Feb 1, 2014 2:10 PM PT

Somehow immigration reform - i.e. amnesty for illegal aliens - keeps coming back from the grave, every time it's pronounced dead.  I believe we're up to at least five distinct "amnesty is dead" proclamations from Capitol Hill insiders and pundits with good GOP connections... but now it's back again, as the Republican leadership announces an odd new set of "principles" that amount to amnesty for many and work permits for the rest, which will of course become full amnesty in short order.

None of this is a priority for the American people, who would like Washington to do something about ObamaCare and the dead-parrot jobless non-recovery we've been groaning through for five years now, and might wonder if handing out 10 million new "just shy of citizenship" legal statuses is the right move for an economy that can't generate enough jobs to employ existing citizens.  It's pure poison to the GOP base, which sees this issue far more clearly than the often-delusional Republican leadership, and knows full well that the "legal status but not citizenship" proposal will become "citizenship" with blinding speed, expecting border security commitments to be honored by King Barack I is a joke, and the Republicans will be rewarded for their generous gift of second-class citizenship by accusations that they've created the American version of apartheid.

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Chris Christie Touts NJ's Dream Act as Bipartisan, Economically Sound Legislation

Jan 7, 2014 5:07 PM PT

In a move bound to put New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at odds with the Republican Party's conservative base, Christie is heralding New Jersey's version of the Dream Act. calling it a "sound economic choice" and "an object lesson in bipartisan cooperation."

Unfortunately, given NJ's status as a Democrat-dominated Blue State, it's easy to see why more conservative Republicans may not see compromises coming out of New Jersey as a model they're interested in seeing played out across America thanks to Washington, D.C. post 2016.

Flanked by Hispanic leaders, students, and immigration reform advocates, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie celebrated the signing of his state's so-called DREAM Act on Tuesday, hailing the new law a sound economic choice and an object lesson in bipartisan cooperation. "We know that when we bring people together, when we work together despite some of our differences, that we also set an example of optimism for every one of the 8.9 million people who live here," Christie said at a signing event in Union City, a Hispanic stronghold just across the Hudson River from Manhattan.

Police Officer Under Fire For Raising Voice At Immigration Activists

Dec 6, 2013 10:24 AM PT

This week, a group of immigration activists (including children) stormed Capitol Hill, a practice that has become common by those seeking immigration reform. With cameras in tow, wearing T-shirts that read: "Keep My Family Together," the activists were singing and chanting in unison. 

A group outside of House Speaker John Boehner's office was approached by a Capitol Hill police officer when they began singing. He instructed them that he would not tolerate the disruptive singing, stating, in part: "This is a place of business and we do not sing in the hallways. Comprende?"

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Don't Worry, Liberals! Christie Still Flip-Flopped Your Way

Dec 4, 2013 3:23 PM PT

Well, isn't this getting confusing?

On November 19th, I published a post entitled "Move Over, Rubio: Is Christie The New Immigration Flip-Flopper?", regarding a New Jersey bill that would provide in-state tuition to the children of undocumented immigrants. In 2011 Christie was opposed to such benefits -- this fall, however, while running for re-election, he abandoned his previous opposition and pulled an about-face, claiming he supported the Act. Christie went on to earn an estimated 51% of the Latino vote. 

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Jorge Bonilla: "Obama Embodies Everything The Puerto Rican Community Left Behind"

Dec 4, 2013 1:21 PM PT

Finally someone is saying what needed to be said about this phony notion of "Hispanic Outreach." Jorge Bonilla, who is running for Congress in Florida's 9th Congressional district against Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson, just posted a video on his website, in which he address "Hispanic Outreach."

Here is what is posted on the Bonilla for Congress website:

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If You Liked Healthcare.gov, You'll Love What Obama's Doing for Immigration

Nov 25, 2013 12:31 PM PT

President Barack Obama is attempting yet another pivot away from Obamacare, delivering a speech about the need for immigration reform. Some critics have noted that Obama is diverting his energies to immigration--and to fundraising--on the eve of a crucial deadline for healthcare.gov, the federal Obamacare website that was meant to be fully operational by Nov. 30 if the policy had a chance of running on schedule next year. Yet there is more than a passing connection between the technical problems of Obamacare and immigration reform.

The nation's legal immigration apparatus is in the midst of a major technological and bureaucratic mess. Wait times for I-130s--petitions for immediate relatives abroad to immigrate--have skyrocketed. Currently, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is handling applications filed in February 2013--i.e. nearly a year ago. The result is that thousands of people who are waiting to immigrate legally are still waiting--many in somewhat desperate circumstances, given that they have already expected to leave their countries of origin.

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Move Over Rubio: Is Christie The New Immigration Flip-Flopper?

Nov 19, 2013 10:58 AM PT

On Tuesday, The Daily Beast's Dean Obeidallah wrote about Governor Chris Christie's upcoming Catch-22 on immigration. The New Jersey Tuition Equality Act, which would provide in-state tuition to the children of undocumented immigrants, passed the New Jersey Senate on Monday and will soon pass the Assembly. 

The question is: Will Christie sign the bill into law? Will he side with the Tea Partiers opposed to taxpayers subsidizing the education of undocumented immigrants' children, or go with his newfound 'compassion' on this issue?

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Democrats Pushing Immigration Reform In House

Oct 29, 2013 1:14 PM PT

The House GOP is saying 'No' to immigration reform, as the Democrats continue to push for a vote on the controversial issue that was the cause of Senate Marco Rubio's fall from political grace.

Soft-Republicans like, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, are supporting the Democratic caucus-led immigration reform efforts in the House, and could pick up some more milder and squishier Republican support, as some these GOP legislators are now starting to look towards their re-elections in 2014, believing that any effort to improve the broken immigration system, would be perceived as a good campaign maneuver.

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Illegal Immigration and Illegal Dumping

Oct 29, 2013 7:42 AM PT

The Los Angeles Times reports this morning about a "plague of garbage" in the center of town. More than the usual urban blight is at play. The problem stems from poor attitudes about littering and public sanitation among the itinerant residents of the area, many of whom are immigrants, the Times points out:

Much of the focus is on the immigrant-heavy neighborhoods of Westlake and Pico-Union just west of downtown.

The tiniest refuse--candy wrappers, grocery bags, fliers--spreads across gutters like confetti. Chairs, rugs and other larger pieces block the alleys and sidewalks in a smelly obstacle course that sometimes reaches 10 feet high.

Saturated with overcrowded apartments and tenants who pack their belongings and move with unusual frequency, the low-income area is notorious among trash collectors because of how tough it is to keep clean.

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No Negotiation on Immigration

Oct 16, 2013 7:22 PM PT

In the spirit of the President's recent stance against negotiation over Obamacare and the debt ceiling, I propose that the same principle should apply to issues of equal importance. The security of America's borders is one such issue. Accordingly, there should be no negotiation on immigration until the border is secure and illegal immigration, through illegal entry or overstayed visas, is reduced to insignificant levels.

Immigration laws, like Obamacare, are the law of the land. They have survived constitutional tests at the Supreme Court. If President Barack Obama and the Democrats don't like those laws, they should win elections on that basis and change them. (Obama enjoyed applying a few choice epithets to Republicans who dared oppose a debt ceiling hike, as he once did. Here's a word for a president who defies the law: tyrant.)

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Police: Man Floats Across Mexican Border On Fifty Pounds of Marijuana

Sep 25, 2013 7:41 AM PT

TUCSON, Ariz. (Tucson News Now) - Responding to reports of a man swimming in the ocean near the U.S.-Mexico border, U.S. Border Patrol agents discovered a 55-year-old Mexican citizen who authorities say swam across the Mexican border - floating on more than fifty pounds of marijuana.  

Authorities say he did not have the proper documents to be in the United States and was subsequently arrested and taken to a border patrol station. 

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Feinstein to DHS: Stop Deporting Non-Citizen Workers, Despite Growing CA Unemployment

Sep 6, 2013 5:25 PM PT

Senator Diane Feinstein (D–CA) is asking DHS to stop enforcing immigration law when it comes to California's farm workers:

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has wisely used its prosecutorial discretion to defer removal of young people who arrived in the United States without documentation as children.… I respectfully suggest that you adopt a similar policy of exercising prosecutorial discretion to defer enforcement against agricultural employers and workers.

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Another OFA Flop: Ohio Immigration Rally Fails To Generate Support

Sep 5, 2013 6:48 PM PT

One day after immigration advocates claimed a "resounding win" in the August town-halls  (because they didn't lose), the Ohio arm of Organizing for Action (OFA) attempted to generate excitement for “comprehensive immigration reform” at an August 30 Statehouse rally.

According to Jesse Hathaway reporting for Media Trackers, they failed miserably.

Organized by OFA’s Kate Kight, the August 30 event was attended by 5 OFA interns participating in the organization’s “Summer Fellows” program. A press release indicated OFA Ohio is partnering with DREAMActivist Ohio, an illegal-immigrant advocacy group which has held a series of similar rallies making similar demands.

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Notre Dame Hands Over Luck of the Irish to Illegal Aliens

Aug 27, 2013 6:44 AM PT

Being from Indiana, I know Notre Dame University is exceptional. With a rich history of excellence and a beautiful campus, it’s certainly one of the most coveted places to go to college in the country.

Unfortunately, the golden dome is about to turn patina if plans move forward for the university to not only accept illegal aliens but to defray a huge portion of their $57,000 per year room and board cost with private funds. Until now, illegal aliens could only be admitted as foreign exchange students which meant that they had to procure an F-1 student visa to attend.

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OFA Fail: No Immigration Reform Activists Show Up For Republican's Town Hall

Aug 26, 2013 8:46 AM PT

Republicans are getting very little heat on comprehensive immigration reform at their August town halls, reports USA Today.

One example cited is Rep. Frank LoBiondo, who represents a South Jersey congressional district with a large Hispanic population and farmlands that employ migrant workers. He said in an interview, "it's not coming up. It is a big issue nationally, but in this district it's just not something on people's minds."

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Pelosi Presses for Pro-Illegal Immigration/Anti-Cop State Bill in California

Aug 15, 2013 2:39 PM PT

California Governor Jerry Brown (D) is feeling some D.C. pressure from his fellow Democrats, Rep. Nancy Pelosi & Friends. The group of Democratic Representatives are pressing Brown to sign into law a  immigration bill that would "bar police from detaining people based on immigration status unless they have been convicted of a serious crime."

This is just another move by the liberal pro-Amnesty for illegal immigrants lobby further their agenda of legalizing 'all' illegal immigrants. What exactly is a serious crime?

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Careless government is no match for Cloward-Piven tactics

Aug 12, 2013 9:11 AM PT

It looks like the Coward-Piven theory of leftist agitation - overwhelming public institutions with garbage data until they collapse, and can be replaced with something more to the radical Left's taste - is getting a workout on the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego.  A tidal wave of people seeking asylum in the United States suddenly appeared, using almost identical language about having "credible fear" of drug cartel violence. The surge of applicants is so huge that Immigration and Customs authorities are renting out hotel rooms, at up to $99 a night, to house them.

That's not an incredible fear, mind you, but it's rather obvious these folks have been organized and trained by masterminds who know the "credible fear" language is the key that unlocks the asylum process.  And asylum is a gateway to illegal immigration.  Once the process is under way, asylum-seekers have a tendency to disappear into the U.S. population.  Asylum claims are often filled out with fraudulent information; something like 90 percent of the applications are rejected; but that doesn't matter much if the applicants don't bother to show up for their hearings.

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Assimilation requires communication

Aug 9, 2013 8:54 AM PT

In response to Poll: Three-Quarters Say 'Essential' Immigrants Learn English:

Maybe a better way to write the headline would be, "26% think it's not essential for immigrants to learn English."  As Jerry Seinfeld might put it, "who are these people?"  I've begun referring to such poll results as the Tenth Dentist Enigma, named after the old toothpaste commercials that claimed 9 out of 10 dentists surveyed recommend regularly brushing your teeth.  I want to meet the loose-cannon Tenth Dentist who doesn't recommend that.

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McCain Hates on "Wacko Birds" Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Mike Lee

Aug 1, 2013 10:23 AM PT

Mr. Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants himself, Senator John McCain, recently interviewed with the liberal New Republic, where he reiterated his disdain for the new crop of “wacko bird” conservative U.S. Senators, by referring to them as isolationists.  

   QDo you think this wing has changed the comity in the Senate? There were the attacks on Hagel. Do these things concern you?

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BALA Founder: GOP Will Feel No Political Fallout For Killing Immigration Bill

Jul 15, 2013 7:45 AM PT

Prior to Monday's "March For Jobs" on Washington, Black American Leadership Alliance founder Leah Durant spoke to me and co-host Brian Wilson on "Mornings on the Mall" on WMAL in Washington DC.  I asked Durant if there would be any political fallout for Republicans from the Latino community for killing the "Gang of Eight" legislation. She said unemployment is just as bad in the Latino community as it is in the African-American community and Black Americans are just as concerned with how the legislation will harm the employment situation as Latinos. 

Listen to the audio here:  

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TNR is Painfully White

Jul 12, 2013 2:56 PM PT

In response to Daily Beast Article Ignores Unity On Immigration Issue and Plays Race Card:

I think this should be pointed out every time TNR dares to speak of race-- they've got no minority editors or writers and only occasionally will they have a John McWhorter write a guest essay.  As far as homegrown talent, actual employees, they're whiter than the Finish Nazi Party's Albino Interests club.

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Daily Beast Article Ignores Unity On Immigration Issue and Plays Race Card

Jul 12, 2013 2:14 PM PT

Using a tactic typically employed by Media Matters For America or the race and poverty pimp crowd Michelle Cottle of The Daily Beast writes a headline and a lede, and fires off assertion after assertion that she cannot fully support with facts in the article.

[Title] The Shady Group Behind the African-American Anti-Immigration Rally
by  Michelle Cottle  Jul 12, 2013 4:45 AM EDT 

[Lede] Among the tangle of groups, funders, and leaders in the black anti-immigration effort are many seasoned activists who have long been conducting the same crusade. Is their movement being used as a token front for a racist immigration agenda? Michelle Cottle reports.

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Stunning: GOP Rep Incapable Of Giving Simple 'Yes or No' Answer On Border Fence

Jul 12, 2013 4:05 AM PT

From the "This Is Why We Lose Department," Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA), member of the House Homeland Security Committee,  refused to give a straight yes or no answer to a basic question: Will House Republicans push for a border fence in connection with any immigration reform bill?  Nationally syndicated radio host Hugh Hewitt began his interview with a simple question, one that is on the mind of so many Americans as they watch the immigration train rolling down the tracks: 

"I think most conservatives and a lot of centrists and Democrats want a fence, a long, tall, strong fence. But when I read HR1417, there’s no fence in it. What’s the deal?"

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Border security illusions

Jul 5, 2013 6:08 AM PT

In response to Senate Immigration Bill Lacks Border Security Passed In Earlier Legislation (audio):

But... but... all the Gang of Eighters say this bill is oozing with security.  Why, the Corker-Hoeven upgrade is going to bring us an extra 8 percent reduction in the rate of illegal aliens, at a cost of about $40 billion.  That means the influx of illegals will be down by fully 33 percent.  Problem solved!

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Chuck Schumer Wants to Deny an Illegal Immigrant His Rights

Jul 1, 2013 1:45 PM PT

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who compares illegal immigration to civil rights, has, surprisingly, come out strongly against amnesty for a certain illegal immigrant-- a "hero," no less, whose life and freedom are at stake (via CBS):

U.S. officials including Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) have issued stern warnings to the Ecuadorian government against granting asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

Schumer issued a threat to the South American nation, warning its trade preferences with the U.S. would be in jeopardy if it allows Snowden in to avoid extradition on charges of espionage and theft of government property.

“Your economy will pay a very big price,” Schumer told reporters including WCBS 880′s Monica Miller on Sunday. “We should end all foreign aid, repeal trade agreements worth billions of dollars.”...

“Over 85,000 business visas are issued to Ecuadorians who want to come do business here in the United States. We will cut those off,” the senator threatened.

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I wish we lived in the Gang of Eight's world

Jun 28, 2013 10:49 AM PT

Perhaps the biggest under-reported story about the Gang of Eight immigration plan is that it would radically increase legal immigration, in addition to putting the working-age contingent of those 12 million illegal aliens into the American workforce.  Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) picked through the bill at great length, and concluded that it could bring up to 60 million workers into the country legally over the next decade. 

Even if Sessions is only half right - and reviewing his numbers makes me think he's a lot more than half right - that would still be more than double the increase in legal immigration envisioned in the last attempt at "comprehensive immigration reform," which died in Congress in 2007... a time of unemployment numbers that Barack Obama can only dream of.

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Marco Rubio hugs it out with Obama on Immigration

Jun 28, 2013 9:28 AM PT

With the ‘Gang of Eight’ immigration reform bill passing in the U.S. Senate, Senator Rubio has lost favor with many Americans that believed he was against amnesty for illegal immigrants. While I agree in principle with the Senator that immigration reform needs to be addressed, I believe that this flawed bill does not address the border/national security issue first, instead grants amnesty for those who have entered this country illegally.

Rubio himself said that he would never support “any effort” to legalize “folks who have entered or stayed in this country illegally.”

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Marco Rubio hugs it out with Obama on Immigration

Jun 28, 2013 9:26 AM PT

With the ‘Gang of Eight’ immigration reform bill passing in the U.S. Senate, Senator Rubio has lost favor with many Americans that believed he was against amnesty for illegal immigrants. While I agree in principle with the Senator that immigration reform needs to be addressed, I believe that this flawed bill does not address the border/national security issue first, instead grants amnesty for those who have entered this country illegally.

Rubio himself said that he would never support “any effort” to legalize “folks who have entered or stayed in this country illegally.”

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