Sunday, September 27, 2015

Marco Rubio Confirms His Support For Illegals To Have Path to Citizenship

Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at the Iowa Faith & Freedom 15th Annual Spring Kick Off, in Waukee, Iowa, Saturday, April 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
As we have written previously, both immigration reform critics and Hillary Clinton have falsely suggested that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) had backed off his support for a path to citizenship. To the extent there was either genuine confusion or wishful thinking — or an effort by aides to play it down — Rubio has now left no doubt as to his position.
Asked in New Hampshire if he supported a path to citizenship, he said, “I do.” He continued that we nevertheless have to do two things — secure the border (and set up e-verify) and fix the legal immigration system. He points out, “In the 21st century it must be based on what skills you have and what you have to contribute economically.” Then, he said, Americans will be “very generous but responsible.” He would require a background check, paying a fine, paying taxes and receiving legal status; after “at least a decade,” they could apply for permanent residency, and several years thereafter apply for citizenship.
Rubio has the most credible record of any candidate (other than Sen. Lindsey Graham, who was part of the same Gang of Eight) insofar as he vigorously pursued immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship in the Senate. He rightly has pointed out that Hillary Clinton talks a good game but never did anything. He should be able, then, in a general election setting, to deprive the Democrats of one historic advantage in appealing to Hispanics.

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