Senator Marco Rubio Tells GOP To Tone Down Immigration Rhetoric

Jan 27, 2012
7:43 pm

Today, Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio spoke at the Hispanic Leadership Network conference in Miami and basically told the GOP that the anti-immigration rhetoric needs to stop.

“We must admit that there are those among us that have used rhetoric that is harsh and intolerable and inexcusable,” Rubio said. “And we must admit — myself included — that sometimes we’ve been too slow to condemn that language for what it is."

But before anyone starts anointing Rubio as the Next Great Latino Leader, the senator and Tea Party darling said the following:

“But at the same time, on the left there are those that are using this issue for pure politics creating unrealistic and unreasonable expectations among those in the Latino community across this country.”

And don't expect Rubio to be a DREAMer any time soon.

“There is broad support in America that for those people brought here at a very young age by their parents, through no fault of their own, who have grown up here their entire lives and now want to serve in the military or are high academic achievers and want to go to school and contribute to America's future…we should figure out away to accommodate them. Figure out a way to accommodate them that does not encourage illegal immigration in the future."

Yet then he said this:

 “I challenge the Republican nominees and all Republicans to not just be the anti-illegal immigration party,” he said. “That’s not who we are and that’s not who we should be we should be the pro-legal immigration party.”