Rubio Switches Gears, Takes a More Rigid Stance on Illegal Immigration

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    In 2012, an executive action authorized by President Barack Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, allowing illegal immigrants who entered the country before age 16 to obtain two-year renewable work permits. According to Florida Senator Marco Rubio, he will put a stop to DACA if elected president, taking a firm stance on immigration that seems to represent a departure from his earlier beliefs.

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    Rubio recently appeared at an event held at Saint Anselm College in Goffstown, New Hampshire, where he spoke about DACA. “It will have to end at some point,” he told reporters after the event. The program, which is currently in its third year of operation, has given out work permits to hundreds of thousands of the estimated 1.7 million eligible people.

    According to Rubio, it would be “ideal” if Congress were to take action on DACA as part of a widespread effort to enact immigration reform. “But if it doesn’t, it will end,” Rubio assured. “It cannot be the permanent policy of the United States.” However, Rubio has repeatedly claimed that he would only go after DACA in the case that Congress were able to pass sweeping immigration reform, so his latest comments indicate a more hardline approach on the GOP presidential candidate’s part.

    The likelihood of Congress tackling immigration in the last 14 months of Obama’s time in office is faint, especially now that Wisconsin Senator Paul Ryan has assumed the role of Speaker. “The president has proven himself untrustworthy on this issue, because he tried to unilaterally rewrite the law itself. Presidents don’t write laws – Congress does,” Ryan said during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

    While DACA does not offer a path to citizenship, Republicans have called for the program to be defunded since it represents an alleged abuse of power by the Obama administration. Congress is essentially powerless when it comes to dismantling DACA, even with a GOP majority, since the program is self-funded.

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      • Jamison P.

        Say NO to pro-immigration Rubio. If you want to see the flood gates opened and millions of Mexicans coming over our border, then give Rubio your vote. If you think Americans can no longer afford to “split the pot” with these 3rd world migrants, and you think that the problems/violence/diseases they bring with them are not welcome here, give your vote to someone like Trump or Cruz.

        As someone living in California, I’ve seen too many illegals come in and damage our neighborhoods and towns. Crime has risen, property values have fallen, and the influx of minimum wage workers takes jobs from high schoolers..

        We can no longer afford to share the wealth with everyone who wants a piece. America is struggling enough as it is. Most of us are making below living wage and just had our health insurance forcefully taken away. I make 60k per year and my healthcare is up to $400 per month; compare this to my $25/month car insurance (from Insurance Panda) or my $13/month renters insurance. Both private enterprise (take note, Obama).

        Trump is totally correct on this topic. Illegals are ruining this country and the president is allowing this to happen.

      • Dillon

        Say NO to pro-immigration Marco Rubio. If you want to see the flood gates opened and millions of Mexicans coming over our border, then give Rubio your vote. If you think Americans can no longer afford to “split the pot” with these 3rd world migrants, and you think that the problems/violence/diseases they bring with them are not welcome here, give your vote to someone like Trump or Cruz.

        As someone living in California, I’ve seen too many illegals come in and damage our neighborhoods and towns. Crime has risen, property values have fallen, and the influx of minimum wage workers takes jobs from high schoolers..

        We can no longer afford to share the wealth with everyone who wants a piece. America is struggling enough as it is. Most of us are making below living wage and just had our health insurance forcefully taken away. I make 60k per year and my healthcare is up to $400 per month; compare this to my $25/month car insurance (from Insurance Panda) or my $13/month renters insurance. Both private enterprise (take note, Obama).

        Trump is totally correct on this topic. Illegals are ruining this country and the president is allowing this to happen.

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