Make us your home page
Instagram

The Buzz

From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

In Tampa, Patrick Murphy talks Marco Rubio, immigration reform

U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy speaks to the media at the Arco Iris restaurant on Monday.

CHARLIE KAIJO | Times

U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy speaks to the media at the Arco Iris restaurant on Monday.

19

September

He didn't get a chance to eat the Cuban sandwich and plantain chips laid at his table Monday at Arco Iris Restaurant in West Tampa, but U.S. Senate hopeful Patrick Murphy left the small cafe with support from a host of political activists.

Much of Murphy's brief stop with state Rep. Janet Cruz, who will be the House Democratic leader after the Nov. 8 election, was spent blasting his opponent, incumbent U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, on everything from Zika funding to immigration and health care reform laws.

"Guess what, it takes an Irishman to speak on behalf of the Latinos on immigration. It takes an Irishman to protect the rights of families and say, 'I'll work on a path to citizenship,' " Cruz said of Murphy as he settled in at a long table of supporters. "It's a Latino that we have in the Senate that is speaking out against our own people."

Immigration reform is key to strengthening the economy, said Murphy, a South Florida congressman. Borders should be secured and laws enforced, he said, but with a clear pathway to citizenship so kids aren't "graduating from school and getting kicked out the next day."

More here.

[Last modified: Monday, September 19, 2016 9:43pm]

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...