Rubio: No Path To Citizenship While I’m President
Rubio was the great hope of the Republican elite who, in the wake of Mitt Romney’s defeat, cast about for a new standard-bearer who might repair the party’s disastrous image with nonwhite voters. The part of the plan where Rubio wins the nomination is going pretty well, as fellow party stalwarts fail to catch on, Rubio performs effectively in debates, and Donald Trump occupies the space that a more plausible challenger, like Ted Cruz, might have taken. What’s going less well is the part where Rubio maintains his political appeal to swing voters.
First Rubio was forced to repudiate his own comprehensive immigration-reform plan. Then he proposed a huge tax cut for the rich, followed by an even huger tax cut for the rich. He’s defended the Republican plan to shut down the federal government over Planned Parenthood. Now he ispromising to oppose a path to citizenship any time over the next decade, even if he manages to secure the border first:
“I don’t think it’s a decision you have to make on the front end. The first two things you have to do is stop illegal immigration, then second you have to modernize our legal immigration system, and then third you can have a debate about how to even legalize people to begin with,” Rubio said. “And then ultimately in 10 or 12 years you could have a broader debate about how has this worked out and should we allow some of them to apply for green cards and eventually citizenship.”