Marco Rubio touched on the immigration topic at the Hispanic Leadership Network conference in Florida, and that led to a hint of his potential to run sometime in the future. Early on in the speech, Senator Rubio was interrupted by supporters of No Somos Rubios, a conjunction of multiple Latino and immigration organizations that are "launching an awareness campaign exposing the positions of the Sunshine State’s junior senator." After the No Somos Rubios members left (and Senator Rubio told security that the should stay), he continued and said the following:
For those children that were brought here at a very young age by their parents, through no fault of their own, who has grown up here their entire lives and now want to serve in the military or are high academic achievers and want to go school and contribute to America's future. I think there is broad bipartisan support for the notion that, we should somehow figure out a way to accommodate them.
Senator Rubio reached out to many migrant Latinos in the struggle as he passionately spoke about his parent's tribulations of coming to America to give him a better life. He also came down on some of the members in his own party for using "rhetoric that is harsh and intolerable, inexcusable" on immigrants.
But there is something that will definitely come back to haunt him. According to Politico, the Senator was against the DREAM Act. “I’ve said repeatedly I want to help these kids. I think these were kids who were brought to this country by their parents when they were very young; they were high academic achievers and want to go to college and contribute to America’s future or serve in the armed forces,” Rubio said. “And I think helping them would be good for America. I do want to help them; I just don’t think the DREAM Act is the right or best way to do it.”
Why is the Senator speaking so devotedly on this issue and reversing his stance on the DREAM Act? I'll give a couple of reasons and let's break them down.
- According to the Pew Hispanic Center "Nine-in-ten (91%) Latinos support the DREAM Act, legislation that would permit young adults who were brought to the U.S. illegally when they were children to become legal residents if they go to college or serve in the military for two years."
- Latino moms said immigration and the DREAM Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for children of illegal immigrants, were important to 32% of them and that they were 71% more likely to support a candidate based on his position on the DREAM Act (cnn.com).
How can we trust Marco Rubio, who has flipped his political stance on the DREAM Act a third time? Is Rubio looking to run in 2016 and has now started his campaign by supposedly supporting DREAMers or will he be tapped for the VP spot? I think our jefe said it best: "My take is that unless Rubio leads a DREAM Act legislation BEFORE the election, this is just political noise."