It's not even Rubio's support and sales mission on behalf of the questionable gang of eight plan, but the WAY he talks about it. Last week he told Rush Limbaugh:
My original position was that we wanted to secure the border first, then legalize. The problem is we have millions of people here now — by some estimates 10, 11 million. We want to know who they are and freeze the problem in place. I don’t want that number to grow. It behooves us to know who they as soon as possible so it doesn’t get worse.”Allow me to translate that into plain English-- Senator Rubio is basically telling the American people that in order to see who is breaking the law we need to ignore the law. That ranks up there with "I was for it before I was against it," or "I smoked but didn't inhale," in all-time political tap dancing. It's time to press the button on Marco.
Instead of granting amnesty, we could simply enforce the law, specifically 8 U.S.C. section 1302, "Registration of Aliens," which makes it "the duty of every alien" to register their presence in the United States if they remain here 30 days or longer. Failure to do so results in a fine of up to $1,000 and/or imprisonment up to six months.
The Center for Immigration Studies Reports:
The existing registration law applies to nearly all illegal aliens. The Department of Homeland Security's estimates of 11.5 million illegal aliens (as of January 2011) are on based the American Community Survey. The survey uses a two-month rule for calculating residency; those here for less than two months are not counted. This means that the 11.5 million illegal immigrants are by definition people who have been in the United States illegally for more than 60 days and running afoul of the 30-day registration requirement. There is simply no question that the illegal immigrant population is comprised of people who are violating this registration statute.Senator Rubio--It's me again--Marco, you were supposed to be different. If we disagree with your position...it's OK...just as long as you are straight with the American People....sure we will fight the bills with which we disagree but at least you will still have our respect. But what you are doing now is supporting a bill with political bull-dinky and that is just totally unacceptable.
Sen. Rubio seems to have fallen into President Obama's trap: First, the Obama administration refuses to enforce immigration laws, and then the president points to all of the illegal immigration that results as a reason for amnesty. Rubio appears to have embraced the amnesty agenda as a means to correct a problem that has resulted from intentional non-enforcement.