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Florida billboard attacks 'Rubio-Obama Amnesty'

A billboard on I-75 in Ocala

A billboard on I-75 in Ocala

An anti-immigration reform group has put up a billboard on I-75 in Ocala attacking Sen. Marco Rubio for promoting "amnesty."

"When 20 million American citizens and legal workers are unemployed or desperately trying to find full time jobs it is both callous and irresponsible for Florida Senator Marco to sponsor an immigration bill that will flood the labor market with 33 million foreign workers over the next ten years," said Jack Oliver of Floridians for Immigration Enforcement.

Oliver is citing a study prepared for Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., who has been the leading opposition to the immigration reform bill in Washington. The study's conclusions are disputed.

Floridians for Immigration Enforcement has been on Rubio's case since his days as Florida House speaker, accusing him of holding up a series of bills that would have cracked down on illegal immigration.

The new effort shows that for all Rubio has done to assuage opposition to reform, it continues to persist. It also underscores the various positions he has taken on immigration, from a moderate voice in the Legislature to adopting a harder stance in his U.S. Senate run to the present.

"Marco Rubio's backing for this mass amnesty also is a complete betrayal of the solemn promise he made to me, other members of our board, and several Tea Party leaders that he would never support amnesty when he met with us privately face to face in 2009," said Oliver.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 30, 2013 12:02pm]


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