Rand Paul: Rubio blocked my border security amendment
Nov 22 2015
He's also supported a massive expansion of the green cards. "So, if you look at it, I don't think our positions are dramatically different". Then Rubio voted against every border security amendment Ted Cruz and Jeff Sessions proposed. No path to citizenship.
Cruz continued to feud with Rubio - both are sons of Cuban immigrants - over the 2013 Senate proposal that Cruz maintains amounted to amnesty for undocumented immigrants.
We let our guard down, but when I introduced my amendment to the immigration bill, unfortunately I got a few opposition. This shouldn't be controversial, but he said the same thing during the Gang of Eight debate, even though the bill would have welcomed more unskilled immigrants and increased overall levels of legal immigration considerably. Angry voters, however, deterred the GOP's leaders from accepting the deal.
Rubio hasn't had to spend much time defending his immigration stance on the presidential campaign trail.
He saved most of his venom for undocumented immigrants and those who want to allow them to stay in the USA, insisting border-crossers may be terrorists or disease-ridden and that "amnesty" would drastically change the safety of the country and the world. "Cruz President of the United States", said Kellyanne Conway, the group's president, in an e-mail, taking credit for boosting Cruz's poll numbers. So far, courts have blocked Obama's 2014 plan, but not his 2012 plan.
"[Cruz] said he wanted to bring people out of the shadows and legalize them, just not grant them citizenship", said Rubio.
Cruz's campaign has been slowly ramping up its criticism of Rubio for his work on immigration in the past week. Not only has legal immigration been running at historic highs for decades now, Republicans strongly back reducing it, according to a recent Pew survey. He's trying to align himself completely with Cruz on immigration. That Act was the baby of Mike Lee, who co-sponsored a tax reform bill with Rubio.
"Hold DHS accountable to the American people". "(Sec. 2101, p.65) that law prohibits DHS from admitting any alien who is likely to become a public charge".
The economy needs both low-skill and high-skill workers. It clearly believes that Rubio's work on immigration reform is his main vulnerability. "But we need to have access to this information to save American lives". Marco Rubio (R-Florida) is locked in their second tense battle in a number of days - this time over national security and surveillance programs.
Many of Rubio's donors benefit greatly from the H-1B program, such as Microsoft and Oracle founder Larry Ellison. "I will always stand with the American worker". "If you add up the years, it is a lot of years before someone who's illegally here can become a citizen".
What began as a serene tour through one of the nation's most picturesque cities turned into a two-block ride of terror when an open-air tour bus careened wildly out of control in San Francisco's Union... "There are some people in some states who see it one way and some who see it the other".
Pauls trust but verify amendment would have required Congress to vote on whether the border was sufficiently secure before allowing increased immigration.
Paul emphasized that the US spends more on defense than the next top 10 countries combined.
Children born in the US would not be Americans unless their parents were, he said, a policy that would require changing the 14th Amendment.