You know a candidate is really serious about painting himself as a hardcore conservative when he tries to place himself to the right of Right Wing Deity Ronald Reagan. But that's exactly what Marco Rubio did today, by declaring that the Gipper's support of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 was a bad move.
The act (which, by the way, was signed when Rubio was 15) made it illegal for employers to knowingly hire illegal immigrants, but also granted amnesty to some 2.7 million illegal workers who had been in the US since before 1982.
"In 1986 Ronald Reagan granted amnesty to 3 million people. You know what happened, in addition to becoming 11 million a decade later? There were people trying to enter the country legally, who had done the paperwork, who were here legally, who were going through the process, who claimed, all of a sudden, 'No, no no no , I'm illegal.' Because it was easier to do the amnesty program than it was to do the legal process," Rubio told a Martin County Republican Womens Federated meeting today, according to the Palm Beach Post
"I think [Reagan] did it for the right reasons, but I think it ended up working the wrong way," he continued.
I guess Rubio can kiss that Zombie Reagan endorsement good bye.