Monday, February 18, 2013

What’s the difference between Obama and Rubio on immigration exactly?


The Examiner - Somebody leaked select portions of President Obama’s draft immigration reform bill to USA Today this weekend, and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., was quick to issue a statement denouncing what little details were revealed:
President Obama’s leaked immigration proposal is disappointing to those of us working on a serious solution. The President’s bill repeats the failures of past legislation. It fails to follow through on previously broken promises to secure our borders, creates a special pathway that puts those who broke our immigration laws at an advantage over those who chose to do things the right way and come here legally, and does nothing to address guest workers or future flow, which serious immigration experts agree is critical to preventing future influxes of illegal immigrants
That is some tough talk. But when you compare what USA Today reported with the bipartisan principles Rubio signed onto earlier this year, there is not much difference between the two plans. Both plans “repeats the failures” of an amnesty-for-enforcement framework. Both plans create “a special pathway that puts those who broke our immigration laws at an advantage over those who chose to do things the right way and come here legally.” USA Today had no details on how Obama’s bill would “address guest workers or future flow,” but the principles Rubio signed were exceedingly vague on that subject too.

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