Who Won The Debate Last Night: Immigration Reform And Marco Rubio
There is no denying the fact that two Republican Presidential hopefuls whose stocks have soared over the last few weeks are Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio. After lagging behind others, the two have impressed Republican supporters so much recently that they have managed to nudge their way towards the front of the polling pack.
The two tried to use every second of the opportunity last night and did manage to control much of the conversation. They traded barbs on the expiration of the National Security Agency’s legal authority to collect bulk phone data. Rubio supports a renewal of the program.
The two clashed on immigration reform. Rubio has been among the more moderate voices on immigration reform. But he was ambivalent or rather confusing as far as the issue is concerned. When asked if his immigration plan reaches citizenship stage he gave a very long and vague answer.
What Rubio said on immigration reform
â€œImmigration is not an issue that I read about in the newspaper or watch a documentary on PBS or CNN. Itâ€™s an issues Iâ€™ve lived around my whole life. My family are immigrants. My wifeâ€™s family are immigrants. All of my neighbors are immigrants.
â€œI see every aspect of this problem. The good, the bad, and the ugly. And hereâ€™s what we learned in 2013. The American people donâ€™t trust the Federal Government to enforce our immigration laws, and we will not be able to do anything on immigration until we first prove to the American people that illegal immigration is under control. And we can do that. We know what it takes to do that.
It takes at least 20,000 more additional border agents. It takes completing those 700 miles of fencing. It takes a mandatory e-verify system and a mandatory entry/exit tracking system to prevent overstays. After we have done that, the second thing we have to do is reform and modernize the legal immigration system. And after we have done those two things, I think the American people are gonna be reasonable with what do you do with someone who has been in this country for 10 or 12 years who hasnâ€™t otherwise violated our laws â€” because if theyâ€™re a criminal they canâ€™t stay. Theyâ€™ll have to undergo a background check, pay a fine, start paying taxes. And ultimately, theyâ€™ll given a work permit and thatâ€™s all theyâ€™re gonna be allowed to have for at least 10 years. But you canâ€™t get to that third step until you have done the other two things, and that was the lesson we learned in 2013. There is no trust that the Federal Government will enforce the law. They will not support you until you see it done first.
But Iâ€™ve answered that question repeatedly. I am personally open â€” after all that has happened and after ten years in that probationary status where all they have is a permit, I personally am open to allowing people to apply for a green card.
That may not be a majority position in my party, but thatâ€™s down the road. You canâ€™t even begin that process until you prove to people â€” not just pass a law that says youâ€™re gonna bring illegal immigration under control. Youâ€™re gonna have to do it and prove to people that itâ€™s working.
And that was the lesson of 2013. And itâ€™s more true today, than it was then. After a migratory crisis on the border with minors coming over that youâ€™re seeing start up again now, after all these executive orders the President has issued. More than ever we need toâ€¦