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Marco Rubio

 

Updated: 3/09/2016
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July
Day
18
Year
2016
Reduce competition from, and enticement for,
ILLEGAL WORK FORCE
Prevent competition from
AMNESTIED WORKERS
Reduce unfair competition from
FUTURE IMMIGRANT WORKERS
 
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Tell Marco Rubio he can do better on immigration:

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Mandate E-Verify-plus
  • Sen. Rubio asked for a mandatory E-Verify system as part of his immigration plan but has not mentioned E-Verify Plus. Sen. Rubio’s immigration plan states, “The first step must be enforcement measures that are effective and verifiable. Such measures would include securing the most vulnerable and most trafficked sectors of the southern border, mandatory E-Verify and the full implementation of an entry-exit tracking system.” Source: https://marcorubio.com/issues-2/marco-rubio-immigration-plan-border-security-legal/

  • Sen. Rubio has mentioned E-Verify in almost every debate including the February 2016 New Hampshire GOP Debate when he responded to a question about his Gang of Eight bill he responded, “And that’s why since then, I have said repeatedly, if you are serious about immigration reform, then the key that unlocks the door to being able to do that is not just to pass a law that says it is going to enforce the law, but to actually do it. To hire the 20,000 new border agents, to finish the fencing and walls, to put in place mandatory e-verify, to put in place an entry-exit tracking system to prevent visa overstays." Source: http://time.com/4210921/republican-debate-transcript-new-hampshire-eighth/
  • Sen. Rubio has supported mandatory E-Verify since he entered the Senate and made it part of the Gang of Eight amnesty bill he pushed. More recently, Sen. Rubio has stated that mandating E-Verify would come before any legalization for illegal aliens: "I would ask Congress to pass a very specific bill that puts in place e-verify, an entry-exit tracking system, to prevent visa overstays, and improve security on the border." Source: http://www.theblaze.com/blog/2015/04/20/rubios-three-step-plan-for-immigration-includes-a-path-to-citizenship/
  • In a Nov. 2015 interview with Fox News, Sen. Rubio said, ”the only way to move forward on immigration begins by enforcing our immigration laws. Part of that is a wall on key sectors of the border. But we also need e-verify, we also need an entry-exit tracking system and until you do that you're not going to be able to do anything else on immigration." Source: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/11/marco-rubio-slams-donald-trump-215509
  • During the August 7, 2015 debate, Sen. Rubio talked about the need for the E-Verify program saying, “I also believe we need a fence. The problem is if El Chapo builds a tunnel under the fence, we have to be able to deal with that too. And that's why you need an e-verify system and you need an entry-exit tracking system and all sorts of other things to prevent illegal immigration.” Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/transcript-of-the-2015-gop-debate-9-pm/
  • In Sen. Rubio’s book, American Dreams (released Jan. 2015), he wrote, ”The only way we are going to be able to break this impasse and make progress on this issue is in a sequential and piecemeal way, with a series of bills that build upon one another until ultimately we have put in place the kind of immigration system our nation needs.The first step must be enforcement measures that are effective and verifiable. Such measures would include securing the most vulnerable and most trafficked sectors of the southern border, mandatory E-Verify and the full implementation of an entry-exit tracking system." Source: https://marcorubio.com/issues-2/marco-rubio-immigration-plan-border-security-legal/

Prevent illegal border entries & surges
  • Sen. Rubio spearheaded the 2013 Gang of Eight amnesty bill that weakened border security and opposed amendments to the legislation that would have guaranteed completion of the border fence.  Since then, however, Rubio has improved his position and insisted that border security and interior enforcement must come before there is any movement to legalize illegal aliens.  Rubio has also backed Congressional efforts to send back border surge illegal aliens.  "I would ask Congress to pass a very specific bill that puts in place e-verify, an entry-exit tracking system, to prevent visa overstays, and improve security on the border" prior to reforming the immigration system and allowing illegal aliens to receive work permits and legal status. Source: http://www.theblaze.com/blog/2015/04/20/rubios-three-step-plan-for-immigration-includes-a-path-to-citizenship/
  • Sen. Rubio has repeatedly said that before you can talk about immigration reform you must secure the borders to prove to the American people illegal immigration is under control. During the February 2016 CNN Townhall Rubio said, “If you are serious about dealing with immigration, the only thing I’m saying is you better secure the border first. Nothing else is going to be able to happen, nothing else can happen until you secure the border first, the people have been very clear about that. That is the key that unlocks the rest of the issue.” Source: http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc-quick-cuts/watch/rubio-we-must-secure-the-border-first-625063491670
  • In Sen. Rubio’s book, American Dreams (released Jan. 2015), he wrote, ”The only way we are going to be able to break this impasse and make progress on this issue is in a sequential and piecemeal way, with a series of bills that build upon one another until ultimately we have put in place the kind of immigration system our nation needs.The first step must be enforcement measures that are effective and verifiable. Such measures would include securing the most vulnerable and most trafficked sectors of the southern border, mandatory E-Verify and the full implementation of an entry-exit tracking system." Source: https://marcorubio.com/issues-2/marco-rubio-immigration-plan-border-security-legal/
  • In a Nov. 2015 interview with Fox News, Sen. Rubio said, ”the only way to move forward on immigration begins by enforcing our immigration laws. Part of that is a wall on key sectors of the border. But we also need e-verify, we also need an entry-exit tracking system and until you do that you're not going to be able to do anything else on immigration." Source: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/11/marco-rubio-slams-donald-trump-215509

Implement Interior Enforcement
  • Appearing on Fox’s “America’s Newsroom” in Nov. 2015, Sen. Rubio said “We are going to have to deport some people, otherwise if you’re not going to enforce the law, what’s the point of having those laws? Criminals are going to be deported. People who haven’t been here very long are going to be deported. People overstaying visas are going to have to be deported. That’s how you enforce immigration laws…The flipside of it is, I do not believe you can round up and deport 11 million people.” Source:http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/259932-rubio-people-will-have-to-be-deported
  • During the the February 2016 New Hampshire GOP Debate when asked a question about his Gang of Eight bill Sen. Rubio responded, "When I’m president, we are going to enforce the law first, prove to people that illegal immigration is under control. And then we’ll see what the American people are willing to support when it comes to people that are not criminals, who have been in the this country for a long time and who otherwise would like to stay." Source: http://time.com/4210921/republican-debate-transcript-new-hampshire-eighth/
  • Sen. Rubio mentioned sanctuary cities during a January 2016 campaign stop in Iowa. "If you are a sanctuary city, you will lose your federal funding." Source: http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/18/politics/marco-rubio-immigration-undocumented/
  • In Oct. 2015, Sen. Rubio voted for S.2146 Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act that would have withheld some federal funding from states or cities that refused to comply with requests from federal immigration officials to turn over illegal aliens. Source: http://dailysignal.com/2015/10/20/sanctuary-cities-bill-blocked-in-senate/
  • In July 2015, in response to Kate Steinle’s murder, Sen. Rubio criticized sanctuary cities on Fox’s “America’s Newsroom” saying, “Irrespective about how you feel about immigration at large, everyone should acknowledge that we as a country have a right to have immigration laws and a right to enforce them…And in this case you have political, elected officials in an ultra-liberal government who refuses to comply with the law because they don't agree with the law. And that is just completely unacceptable.” Source: http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/rubios-talk-on-sanctuary-cities-brings-up-his-record-as-florida-house/2236915
  • Sen. Rubio cosponsored legislation to prevent illegal aliens receiving the child tax credit. However, Rubio assisted in the writing of the Gang of Eight's amnesty bill and did nothing to ensure that local enforcement was part of the legislation.

Finish entry-exit system to track visa overstays
  • During a January 2016 New Hampshire campaign stop, Sen. Rubio said it is now more important to know who is coming into the country and why they are coming in for national security reasons. Rubio has not mentioned if he supports a biometric entry/exit system, though. Rubio told the crowd, “It was largely about someone who came here illegally, but they’re looking for a job. They’re not bad people. Now, with the possibility of terrorists slipping into the country undetected that has changed…If we don’t know who you are, 100 percent for sure, and we’re not 100 percent sure of why you’re coming, we’re not going to let you in.” Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/15/us/politics/marco-rubio-immigration.html?_r=1
  • In a Nov. 2015 interview with Fox News, Sen. Rubio said, ”the only way to move forward on immigration begins by enforcing our immigration laws. Part of that is a wall on key sectors of the border. But we also need e-verify, we also need an entry-exit tracking system and until you do that you're not going to be able to do anything else on immigration." Source: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/11/marco-rubio-slams-donald-trump-215509
  • During the August 7, 2015 debate, Sen. Rubio talked about the need for an entry/exit system saying, “I also believe we need a fence. The problem is if El Chapo builds a tunnel under the fence, we have to be able to deal with that too. And that's why you need an e-verify system and you need an entry-exit tracking system and all sorts of other things to prevent illegal immigration.” Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/transcript-of-the-2015-gop-debate-9-pm/
  • In July 2015, Sen. Rubio spoke to the need for an entry/exit system to identify visa overstayers. "We’re engaged in a global competition for talent and we have to have a legal immigration system that allows us to win that competition. ... 40% of illegal immigrants in this country are coming legally. They are overstaying visas and we are not tracking them. We have no idea who they are or where they are. And I've said repeatedly that until we deal with that issue, we can't do anything else on immigration." Sources: http://thegazette.com/subject/news/government/politics/rubio-calls-clinton-comments-on-immigration-silly-talk-20150708 and http://www.foxbusiness.com/business-leaders/2015/07/07/marco-rubio-have-very-serious-border-and-immigration-problem/
  • In Sen. Rubio’s book, American Dreams (released Jan. 2015), he writes, ”The only way we are going to be able to break this impasse and make progress on this issue is in a sequential and piecemeal way, with a series of bills that build upon one another until ultimately we have put in place the kind of immigration system our nation needs.The first step must be enforcement measures that are effective and verifiable. Such measures would include securing the most vulnerable and most trafficked sectors of the southern border, mandatory E-Verify and the full implementation of an entry-exit tracking system." Source: https://marcorubio.com/issues-2/marco-rubio-immigration-plan-border-security-legal/
  • But, Sen. Rubio twice opposed amendments to the the Gang of Eight amnesty in 2013 that would have required the implementation of a biometric entry/exit system at all ports of entry and he has done nothing to push for its funding. Sourcehttp://thehill.com/homenews/senate/299563-senators-reject-proposal-to-track-visas-with-biometric-system

End automatic birthright citizenship

Oppose work permits for illegal immigrants
  • Sen. Rubio was a main sponsor and driving force of the Gang of Eight's amnesty legislation and is supportive of giving work permits to illegal aliens. However, he does support securing the border prior to the granting of work permits. Sen. Rubio also backtracked on the 2015 DHS budget bill, urging the Senate to pass legislation even if it funds President Obama's illegal amnesties. Rubio said on February 27, 2015, "What I’ve learned is that you can’t even have a conversation about that until people believe [that future illegal immigration will be controlled]." Source: http://onpolitics.usatoday.com/2015/02/27/marco-rubio-hillary-is-yesterday/
  • In a Nov. 2015 interview on Fox’s “America’s Newsroom”, Sen. Rubio said that before any legal status is considered, the U.S. first has to “prove to people that illegal immigration is under control” by securing the border and deporting some offenders, and then “modernize the legal immigration system to make it merit-based and not family-based anymore.” Source: http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/259932-rubio-people-will-have-to-be-deported
  • In an April 2015 Univision interview, Sen. Rubio said he would wait to repeal Obama’s amnesty executive actions. “DACA…applies to young people that arrived in this country at a very young age before they were adults and I don’t think we can immediately revoke that… I’m not calling for it to be revoked tomorrow, or this week, or right away…I think it will have to end at some point and I hope it will end because of some reform to the immigration laws.” Source: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/02/marco-rubio-jorge-ramos-will-keep-obamas-first-executive-amnesty-place-legislative-amnesty-enacted/
  • During a February 2016 CNN interview with host Jake Tapper Sen. Rubio promised to end Pres. Obama’s executive actions on day one of his presidency -- not just eventually, as he has said before. "Right after that interview, Univision reported that I said that DACA has to go away and that it will," Rubio said. "I will on my first day of office get rid of it because it's unconstitutional." Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/marco-rubio-dreamers_us_56c76fcde4b0ec6725e281c1
  • In a December 2015 Fox News interview, Sen. Rubio said he would be open to allowing illegal aliens who meet certain criteria to get a work permit. It is unclear if they would receive the work permit before or after enforcement but it would be early in the process perhaps the very first thing. “If you have been in this country longer than 12 years, you can pass a background check, if you’re a criminal you can’t stay, you are learning English or are learning English you will be charged a fine. You will be fined for violating our laws. You will start having to pay taxes, meaning you will have to be gainfully employed and you will get work permit and that is all you are going to have for at least a decade and after that decade has expired I, personally, am open to allowing them to apply for a green card like anybody else would.” Source: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/rubio-has-a-plan-for-12-million-illegal-immigrants/article/2578977
  • In a January 2016 interview with the Associated Press Sen. Rubio said that he believed in giving illegal aliens work permits as part of his initial immigration plan, this is similar to what the Gang of Eight bill proposed. Sen. Rubio responded, "We're not going to force it down their throat," he said in the interview, later remarking to journalists: "You have to learn English. You have to pay a huge fine. You have to start paying taxes. You get a work permit. And that's what you'll have for at least 10 years. That's my idea." Source: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2016/01/30/marco-rubio-says-that-mass-deporations-will-not-fix-immigration-issue/
  • Sen. Rubio told the Marietta Journal on May 15, 2015 that "we have to reasonably deal with the fact that there are 10, 11 million people who have been in this country longer than a decade. They will be here for the rest of their lives, legally or illegally. It behooves the country to know who they are, figure out a way for them to be start paying taxes, pay a fine, learn English and be able to live in the country in a legal status that allows for us to account for that so long as we can ensure that this is never going to happen again. But that issue has to eventually be dealt with. Leaving it the way it is is not good for the country.....I've described a process whereby people who meet a certain criteria, meaning they've been in this country a decade or longer, would have to come forward. They would have to pass a background check, and you can make that background test as strict or as lenient as you want. I believe that it needs to be stricter and not more lenient. They'll have to pay a fine as a consequence of violating the laws. They'll have to learn English and they'll have to start paying taxes. In exchange for all that, the only thing they would get is a work permit, and that's all they would have for at least a decade or longer, and then at some point after that period of time has expired, the only thing they would be allowed to do is apply for a green card. They would have to do it just like anybody else would, including people who are here legally or people that are abroad. And that would also take a significant period of time. Some people argue that all they should ever be allowed to have is a work permit. If that's the best we can do, I could support a proposal like that." Source: http://www.thedustininmansociety.org/blog/?p=4875
  • Speaking in New Hampshire in July 2015, Sen. Rubio continued to say that he supports amnesty. When asked if he supports a path to citizenship, he said "I do." Then, he said, Americans will be “very generous but responsible.” He would require a background check, paying a fine, paying taxes and receiving legal status; after “at least a decade,” they could apply for permanent residency, and several years thereafter apply for citizenship. Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2015/07/01/marco-rubio-confirms-his-support-of-a-path-to-citizenship-for-illegal-immigrants/

Support overall reduction in annual immigration
  • Sen. Rubio has not specifically addressed immigration numbers, but spearheaded the effort to pass the Gang of Eight amnesty bill, which drastically increased immigration numbers across a range of categories.
  • In a February 2016 Meet The Press interview Sen. Rubio recognized that the U.S. takes in more immigrants than any other nation and that we have the right as a sovereign nation to decide who gets to come into our country. Sen. Rubio said, “Let's have some perspective here. America accepts close to a million permanent residents every single year. No other nation in the world comes close to that number…I don't think the pope was saying, ‘Open up the borders and allow anyone who wants to come in.’ I mean, you can't move to the Vatican just because you feel like moving there. They've got laws that restrict who can live within that nation city state. And I think the same is true for the United States. So I agree with Pope Francis saying that we should be compassionate towards immigrants, and we are. The United States is more than any nation on earth. But we are allowed, as a sovereign nation, have an obligation to have immigration laws and to enforce them. And that's what we need to be doing better than what we're doing now.” Source: http://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/meet-press-february-14-2016-n518621
  • During a September 2015 town hall in Charleston, Sen. Rubio said he would be open to allowing some of the Syrian refugees into the U.S. But then Rubio's answer shifted towards a more inclusive approach to the situation, pointedly saying that under a Rubio administration, "We would be potentially open to the relocation of some of these individuals at some point in time to the United States." Source: http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/08/politics/refugees-2016-reactions-marco-rubio/
  • In November 2015, Sen. Rubio said the House passed bill to limit Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. is an appropriate response. “My argument is that we can’t allow anyone in this country that we can’t vet,” the senator from Florida said on "Fox News Sunday." “And I believe that the vast majority of refugees that are trying to come here are people that we will not be able to vet.” Source: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/11/marco-rubio-syrian-refugees-216131
  • At a November 2015 campaign stop, Sen. Rubio said the best solution to the Syrian refugee crisis is to help them safely remain in the Middle East. "I think a better solution is one that the people from the Middle East would agree with: Make it easier for them to stay in that part of the world." Source: http://www.theherald-news.com/2015/11/30/marco-rubio-radical-jihadists-using-refugee-crisis-as-cover/apt3k5w/

End chain migration
  • While Sen. Rubio was a main sponsor of the Gang of Eight amnesty legislation that substantially reduced chain migration in the long-term, the legislation also provided for a chain migration explosion in the initial years after passage.  Furthermore, Rubio has not voted specifically on reducing or increasing chain migration and has not addressed this issue.  However, Sen. Rubio has since made it clear that he favors moving from a family-based immigration system (chain migration) to a merit-based one.  Unfortunately, he does not say what he would do with the present backlog of family-based visas. "The second step is to modernize our legal immigration system toward a merit-based one. That would mean reassigning existing visas away from family-based immigration and toward work- and skill-based immigration, passing reforms for high-tech visas, as well as creating a limited guest-worker program for seasonal workers[.] ..." Source: http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/marco-rubio-s-book-has-a-new-immigration-plan-but-he-won-t-apologize-for-his-old-one-20150106
  • During the September 2015 CNN Presidential Debate, Sen. Rubio said, “step two would be to modernize our legal immigration system so you come to America on the basis of what you can contribute economically, not whether or not simply you have a relative living here.” Source: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/craig-millward/rubio-we-must-secure-our-border-wall

Protect against unfair work-visa competition

End visa lottery
  • Sen. Rubio sponsored and voted for the Gang of Eight amnesty that eliminated the visa lottery. We have not been able to find any statements from Rubio regarding the lottery.