Rubio Calls off DREAM Act, For Now

In response to the Obama Administration’s announcement that it was circumventing Congress by unilaterally changing U.S. immigration law to allow over 1.4 million illegal aliens to remain in the country and work, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) told reporters that he no longer planned on introducing his version of the DREAM Act. At least not until after the November elections.

“People are going to say to me, ‘Why are we going to need to do anything on this now. It has been dealt with. We can wait until after the election,’” he said in an interview. (Wall Street Journal, June 18, 2012) “And it is going to be hard to argue against that.” (Id.)

Sen. Rubio also expressed frustration over the President implementing his policy without consulting him. “We have never talked to anyone in the White House about their plans,” he said. (Id.) “The only thing the White House has ever done about our ideas was to try to get some of the Dream Act kids [to]not work with us.” (Id.)

Rubio spokesman, Alan Conant, echoed his boss’ sentiments in a separate interview. “Sen. Rubio was working hard to find a permanent solution to this issue, meeting with Republican Senators and Dream kid activists earlier this week, and we were not briefed — let alone consulted — before the Administration made his announcement.” (The Hill, June 18, 2012)

Although Sen. Rubio had been talking about his plans to introduce a DREAM Act for months, dropping hints here and there as to its contents, he had yet to introduce any language. News reports indicated he planned on finally unveiling it sometime this month.

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    “Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) told reporters that he no longer planned on introducing his version of the DREAM Act. At least not until after the November elections. ”

    Hey thats great; just as long as he is blown off as a future Presidental/Vice-Presidental condender. Lets face it, he believes in amnesty, and wont renounce it anytime soon.

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    Q. Does Holder’s insertion of Justice Department personnel in to voting stations combined with refusal to provide states with Dept of Homeland Security database information and instant updates for cross checking help discourage or encourage voter fraud, homeland insecurity, and entitlement explosions at unaffordable expense to taxpayers?

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    Rubio needs to get out of the DREAM Act biz if he wants to stay in congress. The voters don’t like DREAM Acts,amnesties,or anything else supporting illegal immigration. The biz of going boo hoo over kids who shouldn’t have to pay for the sins of their parents is bunko. Illegal is illegal,period. Deport them whereby they’re welcome to return legally and apply for citizenship legally. My grandparents came from Europe that way so what’s wrong with getting back to basics when it comes to immigration? Political correctness and playing race cards has no place in this matter and it’s stupid. Time to close the swiss cheese borders once and for all and blow the dust off the long unused immigration laws either enforcing them or why have an INS Agency? Working for the INS has to be boring because if you enforce the law you’re a politically incorrect racist so all you get to do is arrive for work,sit at your computer,and watch You Tube all day, then go home.

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    Q. Do Americans trust that O’s edict permitting illegal aliens to remain in the US and work will not crook the vote – since O and his Justice Dept at the same time ban sharing with states of Dept of Homeland Security database info collected on individuals and businesses – so that identities, citizenships, and voting records cannot be cross checked to prevent multiple and non-citizen voting and entitlement taking at huge taxpayer expense?

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    Delaware Bob on

    How’s this for an idea? Make entering this country illegally a felony. Make the fine $2500 plus one year in Federal prison. Make this the same on overstayed VISAs. If drugs are involved, triple the fine. Then, apply this to all the illegal aliens in this country now. Leave or if you get caught, the fine will apply to them. Maybe, just maybe, this will take the place of a fence that is costly and doesn’t seem to work all that well. It may even cut down on the cost of deporting these illegal aliens. The other thing is this birthright citizenship. We MUST know through Congress or the Supreme Court if indeed a child born to an illegal alien is a U.S. citizen. I say they are not. If not, then, how do we REVOKE the birth certificates already issued. Boy, can you see the problems with this illegal immigration?

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      DB, no suggestion of ours will signify UNLESS we hold office. Office holders are elected to express the will of the people for their own interests. Office holders who promote amnesty do so for whom, the electorate????
      Maybe it is as easy as replacing the bums with people of integrity who cant/wont be bought off. IMHO