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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Marco Rubio is the classic "anchor baby"

Republican hypocrisy is like a smoke and mirrors reality show. 
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Donald Trump (Scottish) Marco Rubio (Cuban) Rafael "Ted" Cruz (Canadain) are playing a cruel smoke and mirrors show with their conservative base when they oppose immigration reforms.

Top Republican candidates - Donald Trump, Marco Rubio (23 %) and Ted Cruz (21 %) pander to their conservative political base by preaching against immigration reforms. They are opposed to providing a path to citizenship for people living in the US under certain circumstances. In so doing, the entire right wing has created a national anti-immigrant stereotype. Yet, the fact is, all three of these candidates are children of immigrant parents. In fact, Senator Marco Rubio fits the description of an "anchor baby" because his parents were not US citizens when he was born, on Mary 28, 1971, in Miami, FL. Nevertheless, the Republicans lead their political base into a hypocritical myth about how immigrants are the cause of "unemployment", "crime", "welfare" and "disease". These evil labels are totally unsubstantiated. Yet, all three candidates are the antithesis of the stereotypes they are reported to be opposing, when they fight against immigration reforms.  

Donald Trump is the son of real estate developer Fred Trump and Mary Anne MacLeod Trump, an immigrant from Scotland. His grandfather, Frederich Trump, immigrated to North America from Germany.

Senator Marco Rubio is a Cuban American from Miami. He is the second son and third child of Mario Rubio Reina and Oriales (née Garcia) Rubio. His 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 after Castro’s victory, including for a month in 1961. Neither of his parents was a U.S. citizen at the time of Rubio’s birth, but his parents applied for U.S. citizenship and were naturalized in 1975. As an "anchor baby", Rubio fits the description, referring to a child born to a noncitizen mother in a country which has birthright citizenship, especially when viewed as providing an advantage to family members seeking to secure citizenship or legal residency. Therefore, it makes no sense for Senator Rubio to oppose any immigration reforms, because doing is hypocritical, in my opinion.

Senator Rafael "Ted" Cruz is not a natural born American citizen. He was born in Calgary Canada. Honestly, I have no problem, whatsoever, with the citizenship status of Senator Cruz today. Indeed, he claims he's an American citizen and I believe him. Yet, the fact is, the US Constitution requires "natural born" citizenship to qualify to run for president, and he does not meet this requirement, in my opinion. (When my family lived on the Subic Naval Base in the Philippines, the babies born at the base hospital in Cubi were issued US passports. No one issued Mrs. Cruz a US passport on November 22, 1970, for her baby boy "Rafael", when he was born in Foothills Hospital- probably, by the way, paid for by the Canadian health care system).  Therefore, it makes no sense for Senator Cruz, who courts the religious conservative vote, to preach against immigration reform, it's hypocritical, in my opinion.

For unknown reasons, the American news media overlooks the immigration history for the three top Republican presidential candidates in 2016, even while reporting on their "anti-immigration reforms".  Trump will build an anti-immigration wall. Cruz seems to support sending all undocumented immigrants back to their countries of origin, regardless of the expense and hardships involved.  Rubio is as clear as mud about where his immigration reform message falls in the "anti-immigration" spectrum.

Nevertheless, the three anti-immigration amigos all lived the American dream. As a result, they're united in the successful lives they have enjoyed.  Their individual and collective successes have completely busted the anti-immigration stereotypes the Republican conservative base supports. Trump-Rubio-Cruz are playing a cruel immigration "smoke and mirrors game" with their supporters because they oppose immigration reforms, while each has benefited from the current pro-immigration policies.

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