Dreamers' words on Marco Rubio: 'traitor,' 'backstab,' 'betrayal'
Juan Escalante thought Marco Rubio was on the cusp of being a hero to him and thousands of children brought to Florida at a young age by undocumented immigrant parents. Now he wants to end the U.S. senator's political career for good.
As Rubio has transitioned from senator to presidential candidate and back to Senate candidate, no issue has been thornier — or more complicated — than his position on immigration reform, and more specifically what to do with young immigrants, often called Dreamers, brought to the country illegally by their parents. The desperate voices Rubio once put his political capital on the line for now use words like "traitor," "backstab" and "betrayal" and are promising to be dedicated foot soldiers to help Democrat Patrick Murphy win election, even though Murphy himself has been too quiet on the topic to their liking.
"He abandoned us," Escalante, now a 27-year-old post-graduate student at Florida State University, says of Rubio. "We cannot forget that he has backstabbed our community time and time again when it comes to immigration."
Rubio insists that is not true and says his attempts to help were a "good faith effort" that unraveled because of factors out of his control.
"We tried to make a difference within the confines of our system," Rubio said in an interview with the Times/Herald. "It just didn't work out. I didn't have to do it. It's something I did because I honestly wanted to make a difference and I still do."