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Monday, February 01, 2016

Immigration hypocrisy of Senator Marco Rubio

Senator Marco Rubiio is the junior Republican senator from Florida, his birthday is May 28, 1971.  A Wikepedia site says his net personal worth is $200,000 (pending projected income from the book he peddles).  Nevertheless, his campaign contributions' "war chest", as of November 2015, was reported at $55,560,872.  Is it any wonder Senator Rubio (aka "Blinky bottle Rubio") is running for President of the United States?  It seems self evident to me.

Senator Rubio is a Cuban-American, who should openly support immigration reform, allowing a path to citizenship for people, just like his immigrant family.
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Cuban Flag - Cubans, once the majority of Hispanic Floridians, are a plurality, 29% of the Hispanic population, in Florida's Miami-Dade County, Cubans share the city, if not power, with hosts of new immigrants from Latin America. Spanish accents, music and food have become more diverse. St. John Bosco, the Little Havana Catholic church that welcomed and served so many Cubans that it became known as the "exile's cathedral," now has a Nicaraguan pastor.
In fact, Senator Rubio lives the American dream. As a descendant of Cuban immigrants, who has benefited from American immigrations and now a United States Senator, the Rubio immigration policy is, incredulously, incoherent.

Frankly, I can't understand the immigratiion policy of Senator Marco Rubio. Indeed, I can't even find a coherent immigration position statement on the Senator's website. In my opinion, his unclear policy has morphed over time. Consequently, I simply don't get what he stands for or against. This complexity is exacerbated by the Senator's own Cuban ancestry.  Is it possible for Senator Rubio, who is a descendent of Cuban immigrants, to be opposed to a path for citizenship for millions of other immigrants?

This is the only site where I can find Rubio's position on immigration is given dedicated coverage and it's immersed in technical discussion.  In "On the Issues", the Q&A is this:

Bar any company abusing H1 visas from future visas
(Oh boy, what is an H1 visa is about? From the answer, I don't get a sense from Senator Rubio that he knows, either.)

Q: You support dramatically increasing immigration visas called H1B, for workers with special skills. But Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) says the tech industry uses this program to undercut hiring and wages for highly qualified Americans. Why is he wrong?
RUBIO: If a company gets caught doing that, they should never be able to use the program again. But we also need to add reforms, not just increase the numbers. For example, before you hire anyone from abroad, you should have to advertise that job for 180 days. You also have to prove that you're not undercutting that you would pay [an American] by bringing in cheap labor.
Q: It sounds like you think Sen. Sessions is wrong to believe there is abuse in that program?
RUBIO: Well, I believe that there are abuses; those companies should be permanently barred from ever using the program again and we should put strict standards in place to ensure that they're not being abused, like the prevailing wage requirement and like the advertising requirement.

Obviously, the Q&A is difficult to understand and it hardly articulates a positioin statement. When being interviewed, Senator Rubio  always whines about how news media aren't quoting him properly.  In fact, it's difficult to understand what Senator Rubio is saying. He does not articulate his thoughts clearly and succinctly.

Moreover, I find Senator Rubio's website and social media communications to be amateurish.

Why Senator Rubio continues to be a national presidential candidate mystifies me. Yet, Rubio's position (or lack thereof) on immigration is the most confusing of all his communications. This deficit is, probably, significant because immigration is such a part of America's political discussion. Therefore, he should have a clear opinion, but I can't find one (at least not one I can understand.)

In my opinion, Senator Rubio comes across as a political opportunist who used his Cuban ancestry to gain a political seat in the Florida State Senate. From there, he leveraged his political base to launch him into the US Senate, where he is notorious for not attending voting forums because he is a coward about having his name appear either "for" or "against" legislation. Is it possible Rubio doesn't understand many bills being voted on in the Senate?

On immigration policy, Senator Rubio is, simply put, a hypocrite. He should stand up for a path to citizenship for all immigrants who meet the criteria in the immigration reform legislation now stalled in the US Congress.  

Senator Rubio is a Cuban American. On immigration policy, he is clearly a hypocrite:
Hypocrite | Definition of Hypocrite by Merriam-Webster
A person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion. 2 : A person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings. ... : a person who acts in a way that goes against what he or she claims to believe or feel as,"She's a hypocrite who complains about (Maine Writer addendum....complains about...immigrants who live in the US illegally but who's parents were at one time without immigration status themselves...). In fact, Rubio's parents were Cubans who immigrated to the United States in 1956, prior to the rise of Fidel Castro in January 1959. His mother made at least four trips back to Cuba, after Castro’s victory, including for a month in 1961. Neither of Rubio's parents was a U.S. citizen at the time of Rubio’s birth, but ultimately his parents applied for U.S. citizenship and were naturalized in 1975.

It's impossible for me to understand how Senator Marco Rubio can be opposed to a path towards citizenship for immigrants living in the United States, when his own political rise has been the direct result of America's benevolent immigration policy.

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