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Marco Rubio faces backlash from the right



Sen. Marco Rubio has (again) launched an aggressive and impressive public relations campaign. This time its  over the immigration reform plan he and other senators have put together (though Rubio surpised some of his fellow Gang of Eight reformers with a Wall Street Journal op ed he published without giving them a heads up). As a darling of conservatives, he's helped soften opposition from the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, and others.

But he cerainly hasn't stopped it.

Alex Leary has more in this story, but here's a sampling of the criticism from the right:

Ann Coulter: ...For decades, Democrats have been working feverishly to create more Democrats by encouraging divorce (another Democratic voter!), illegitimacy (another Democratic voter!) and Third World immigration (another Democratic voter!).
Strangely, some Republicans seem determined to create more Democratic voters, too. That will be the primary result of Sen. Marco Rubio’s amnesty plan.
IT’S NOT AMNESTY! Rubio’s proponents cry. They seem to think they can bully Republicans the way the Democrats do, by controlling the language.
Rubio’s bill is nothing but amnesty. It isn’t even “amnesty thinly disguised as border enforcement.” This is a wolf in wolf’s clothing.
Despite all the blather about how Rubio demands “Enforcement First!” the very first thing his proposal does is make illegal aliens legal....

Rich Lowry: ...Once an illegal immigrant gets “probationary legal status,” he has jumped irrevocably ahead of all those poor saps back in their native countries who want to come to the U.S. but for whatever reason were unwilling or unable to break our immigration laws to do it. The formerly illegal immigrant is here in the U.S., while the poor sap is someplace else. Ask the sap whether or not that strikes him as preferential treatment. You’ll find him somewhere in Bangalore or Guatemala City.

All indications are that this kind of “probationary” legal status matters more to illegal immigrants than an eventual path to citizenship. In an essay in the journal National Affairs, immigration expert Peter Skerry points out that 20 years after the implementation of the 1986 amnesty, only 41 percent of the 2.7 million people who got legal status under the program had gone on to become citizens.

Once someone here is deemed legal, even on a probationary basis, he is in the free and clear. Heck, we don’t even try to deport illegal immigrants unless they’ve committed some other crime. We aren’t going to revoke people’s legal status once they have it....

Erick Erickson: ...The GOP was smart to put Marco Rubio as the face of the plan because many of us like him personally, support him still, and consequently don’t want to seem critical.
But the plan makes the actual problem of immigration more difficult to solve...

Employers must prove that no American could be found to do the job the illegal alien would otherwise do. This is impossible, absurd, and turns employers to liars in the pursuit of running their business. The aggrieved can turn on the employers and potentially cost them all sorts of civil and criminal penalties.
The most significant policy fiction is premised on the idea of reform. The plan does nothing to address the black market for unskilled, low cost migrant work. It does nothing to deal with the long delays in the present immigration system. It does nothing to actually solve our immigration problems, but hides behind the construct of “comprehensive” reform. Along the way, it potentially adds more people to already overwhelmed entitlement programs, but then that too is another kicked can...

[Last modified: Thursday, January 31, 2013 10:06pm]


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