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Paul Ryan 'proud' to support Rubio's immigration plans

14

January

Rep. Paul Ryan added his voice to support for Marco Rubio's immigration plans. In a message this afternoon on Facebook, the potential 2016 presidential candidate wrote:

"Senator Rubio is exactly right on the need to fix our broken immigration system. I support the principles he’s outlined: modernization of our immigration laws; stronger security to curb illegal immigration; and respect for the rule of law in addressing the complex challenge of the undocumented population. Our future depends on an immigration system that works."

The remarks join kind words from other conservatives, including Jeb Bush. Still, there was some online push back Monday about a provision of Rubio's plan that would allow illegal immigrants to seek citizenship -- but not before paying fines and not before getting in the back of the line. Wrote Mark Krikorian in National Review:

With an amazing lack of self-awareness, “Mr. Rubio repeatedly says his plan ‘is not blanket amnesty or a special pathway to citizenship.’” You know what would be new? If a politician came out and said, “Look, folks, I don’t like it any more than you, but we screwed the pooch for so long we’re stuck with no other options — we need to eat the crap sandwich of amnesty and try to make a fresh start of this national sovereignty thing.” I don’t believe that to be the case, but it would be by far the most convincing case for amnesty I’ve heard.

[Last modified: Monday, January 14, 2013 4:27pm]

    

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