Marco Rubio’s new memoir, “An American Son” is causing a large amount of grief for the Republican party in this election year. While the party platform has been focused on tough anti-immigration measures designed to punish undocumented immigrants, Rubio instead sympathizes with them, and is calling for “common decency” in handling the undocumented immigrant issue within this country. He even went so far as to say that were he not an American Citizen, and living in one of the poverty-stricken nations from which people come to the United States for opportunity, he too would take the desperate risk of entering our nation without going through the formal immigration process.
From the book, “Many people who come here illegally are doing exactly what we would do if we lived in a country where we couldn’t feed our families. If my kids went to sleep hungry every night and my country didn’t give me an opportunity to feed them, there isn’t a law, no matter how restrictive, that would prevent me from coming here.”
But despite this talk, Rubio’s own actions speak against his convictions put forth in the memoir. Earlier this year he began working on an alternative to the DREAM act which would strip out the core provisions, and would instead turn immigration to the US into a revolving door, making it harder for those who do follow the proper channels for immigration to do so. It would instead give incentive for more people to enter the United States without proper paperwork, compounding the problem rather than addressing it. In addition it would be more difficult to stay for those who do manage the new nightmare of paperwork and documentation it would put forth, with even a parking ticket a potential cause for deportation.
Visiting Senator Rubio’s website does not improve any understanding of the matter either. Immigration is conspicuously absent in his listing of issues despite that Florida has a substantial Hispanic community and polls regularly find Immigration near the top of issues of concern in the state. Instead we find photos of him visiting Libya, Cuba and Pakistan on the tax payers dime all while posting several pieces on government waste and spending.
Rubio remains at the top of the list for Vice Presidential candidates, and with his bipolar position on immigration apparent, he would be a good fit with former Governor
etch-a-sketch Mitt Romney.