Marco Rubio "Open" to Cutting Off Student Visas From Muslim Countries

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Perhaps Marco Rubio's biggest flaws is his tendency to remain "open" to just about any right wing nonsense. He's the kind of guy whose flirted with the Birther movement before, and he refuses to take a position on exactly how old the Earth is. He wants to portray himself as a principled politician who will stand up for what he believes in, unless, of course, those beliefs might piss off conservatives.

So it's really no surprise that he says today he's open to the idea of cutting off all student visas from Muslim countries.

After the Boston bombing, Fox News contributor Bob Beckel (a guy who the channel holds up as one of its few liberal voices, but is generally deplored on the left for numerous controversial statement) floated the idea.

"I think we really have to consider, given the fact so many people hate us, that we're going to have to cut off Muslim students coming to this country for some period of time so that we can absorb what we've got and look at what we've got and decide whether some of the people here should be going -- be sent home or sent to prison," Beckel said on Fox News program The Five.

Unsurprisingly the idea has found some support in conservative circles, so much so that Rubio was asked for his opinion of the idea last night by Neil Cavuto while he was making a Fox News appearance.

"We need to be open to changes that provide more security," Rubio said according to Raw Story. "I don't like profiling anybody or singling or generally leading, on the other hand student visas are something this country does because it's in our national interest but you don't have a right to a student visa."

"I'm not prepared to take a firm position on restriction. I want to learn about what might have worked to prevent past attacks."

Classic Rubio. He's not signing off on the idea, but you know, he's "open" to it.

What is lost in the idea: The Tsarnaevs didn't come to America from a "Muslim country" on student visas. The immigrated here more than a decade ago from Russia as refugees.

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mowmowsisi
mowmowsisi

For those of you who read the dishonest propaganda commentary by Kyle Muzenrieder - you should try READING what Rubio actually said. Kyle do you think everyone that reads the New Times is an idiot? This article insults your reader's intelligence.

"We need to be open to changes that provide more security," Rubio said according to Raw Story. "I don't like profiling anybody or singling or generally leading, on the other hand student visas are something this country does because it's in our national interest but you don't have a right to a student visa."

"I'm not prepared to take a firm position on restriction. I want to learn about what might have worked to prevent past attacks."

Peter Castro
Peter Castro

By the way that is an old pic of rubio he is now fatter balder and more haggard looking from getting fat off corporate sponser ship.

Peter Castro
Peter Castro

U cannot ban a group of people based on race, religion, sex, sex orientation, I f they like gin or vodka, mariah or nicki minaj.

Peter Castro
Peter Castro

Wow mark rubio is a tool. So young yet so ignorant. Would he feel the same if we banned cubans from coming to america?

G Gary Mathiesen
G Gary Mathiesen

A perfect solution that will undoubtedly calm everyone down...

Carl Snyder
Carl Snyder

like most first term politicians, his number one priority is a second term. he is a populist.

Isaidy Pinto-Cribeiro
Isaidy Pinto-Cribeiro

Dear Senator Rubio; My name is Isaidy Pinto and I am a graduate Psychology student from Miami, Florida. I am also a republican voter. This letter is concerning your openness to ban student visas from Muslim Countries. I would like to start off by saying that Republicans today are losing the true value of being American. America was once the country that everyone in the World admired, the country that gave everyone the freedom to come and fit in, without judgments, without prejudices; the America that encouraged education, and who made that available to students from allover the world. That is not the America that I am living in today. It is not the America that I was promised, by the founding fathers. It is not the America that presented me with all the freedom of religion and the freedom of speech. I understand there have been several events leading to people having a misunderstanding about the Muslim religion. What i don’t seem to comprehend is how you dare to stereotype all Muslims to be extremist. Those “Muslims” whom you are referring to, are not really Muslim. They hid behind a religion, took text out of context to excuse their actions. They were using the words of the Qur’an out of context for their own greedy reasons. Banning student Visas from Muslim Countries, is not Freedom of religion. It is judgmental, uneducated, and judgmental of you. Most Muslims living in America live normal, healthy lives. Go to work just like everyone else, study like everyone else, and practice his or her religion like everyone else. Muslims in general are human beings, not to be compared to those who pretend to be Muslim. The terrorist threat posed by radicalized Muslim-Americans has been exaggerated. In fact recent terrorist attacks against the US have been from US citizens; not Muslims. I am not Muslim, but I do think every person in the World should have the right to education; and not to be judged because of a religion. As a political figure, you should be able to be non-judgmental towards a whole population, because of the actions of a selected few. You should be thinking critically and examining the facts, instead of jumping to conclusions and generalizing about a whole population. 2002 # of terrorist threats against the United States by American or foreign Muslims: 5 # of terrorist threats against the United States by American non-Muslims: 6 2003 # of terrorist threats against the United States by American or foreign Muslims: 2 # of terrorist threats against the United States by American non-Muslims: 8 2004 # of terrorist threats against the United States by American or foreign Muslims: 3 # of terrorist threats against the United States by American non-Muslims: 4 2005 # of terrorist threats against the United States by American or foreign Muslims: 2 # of terrorist threats against the United States by American non-Muslims: 3 2006 # of terrorist threats against the United States by American or foreign Muslims: 7 # of terrorist threats against the United States by American non-Muslims: 2 2007 # of terrorist threats against the United States by American or foreign Muslims: 3 # of terrorist threats against the United States by American non-Muslims: 4 2008 # of terrorist threats against the United States by American or foreign Muslims: 3 # of terrorist threats against the United States by American non-Muslims: 9 2009 # of terrorist threats against the United States by American or foreign Muslims: 11 # of terrorist threats against the United States by American non-Muslims: 19 2010 # of terrorist threats against the United States by American or foreign Muslims: 11 # of terrorist threats against the United States by American non-Muslims: 32 2011 # of terrorist threats against the United States by American or foreign Muslims: 10 # of terrorist threats against the United States by American non-Muslims: 19 First half of 2012 # of terrorist threats against the United States by American or foreign Muslims: 3 # of terrorist threats against the United States by American non-Muslims: 11 July 20, 2012 shooting attack at movie theater, killing 12 and injuring 58; suspect was arrested afterwards; suspect had booby-trapped his nearby apartment with explosives which were successfully disarmed by police ( US CITIZEN ) August 5, 2012 6 killed, 4 injured in shooting attack at a Sikh temple shortly before worship service on Sunday morning; one of those injured was a police office, another was president of the temple; the gunman was shot and killed at the scene by police (US Citizen/ Army Veteran) August 14, 2012- 2 police officers killed, 1 injured while investigating attack that injured another officer; 7 arrested, 2 of whom were injured in the shootout; several of those arrested had ties to the sovereign citizen movement August 15,2012 1 guard shot and injured while subduing gunman at Family Research Council offices (non-Muslim) Dec 14, 2012 shooting attack at elementary school kills 20 children and 6 adults (US citizen) April 15, 2013 Two bombings at Boston Marathon kill 3 (including 1 child) and injure 183 (including 8 children) (Radical Islamist) This leaves the question, Should American Citizens be banned from having an education too? There are a selected few who are terrorist? Why Judge Muslims? The actual, observable facts show that in every year, the majority of those making terrorist threats against the United States have been non-Muslims.

Mark Lee
Mark Lee

No talent, balls, finesse or flare but makes a good puppet with a fresh face to re package and resell the same out of date crap that got us all here. Hope they keep trying to push him for he is easy bait :)

mowmowsisi
mowmowsisi

We should ask the double amputees in Boston to see what they think....

If we could save just one life (like the 8 year old child in Boston), maybe its worth looking into....I believe that was the mentality regarding the gun control legislation.

Daniel Roncal
Daniel Roncal

I wish he was a Muslim! Then he would get a taste of it! Not all Muslims are bad people! This guy really needs a brain transplant!

Yaser Castro
Yaser Castro

He needs to go on time out and have a sip of water.

Adam Rz
Adam Rz

Russia has Republics America has states Canada has Provinces

Adam Rz
Adam Rz

Chechnya is republic of Russia like Florida is a State of USA

D.f. Basora
D.f. Basora

Russia is not Muslim but Chechnya is. Doesn't change the fact that the man is a fucking moron

Erin Erin
Erin Erin

LOL I love everyone's comments! He truly needs a brain transplant! Maybe he can get a 2 for 1 deal if Palin goes with him!

José Manuel
José Manuel

This would have prevented the Boston bombing, because Russia is such a Muslim country, right?

José Manuel
José Manuel

Just listening to this asshole's name makes me sick in the stomach

Deathray Jones
Deathray Jones

but not the "wet foot, dry foot" policy. gotcha, sen. rubio.

Mario Francisco Garcia
Mario Francisco Garcia

No one in the history of man, NO ONE, can match the violence that Christians have enacted in the name of Christ. So... Following Rubio's "thinking," We should also restrict Christians from seeking US visas as well.

Omar Ghaffar
Omar Ghaffar

And to think, this he went to my law school. We are better than that and he represents the alums from UM in NO way whatsoever.

Guille Gilbert
Guille Gilbert

I like the idea of putting more restrictions on Muslim visas but not cutting it off completely.

Adam Rz
Adam Rz

I guess he will propose next that we ban all young white males ages 15-29 look at Lanza ,Holmes Coloumbine shooters, just to name a few! This guy is complete idiot

David Whalen
David Whalen

You should say the same then for Bob Beckell, a big time liberal that came up with this idea last week.

Luce Williams
Luce Williams

There are more mass killings in this country done by Americans than there are foreign "terrorists". One incident alone personifies that fact and that's the theater shooting.

Joe LaDuca
Joe LaDuca

OK Pretty Boy McFly .. your 15 minutes are about up.

Peter Diaz
Peter Diaz

Is he the future of that party? God help us all!

D.f. Basora
D.f. Basora

Did this "man's" parents have any children that lived?

Kzm Ufc
Kzm Ufc

Whotta buncha stupid fucks! LOL

mowmowsisi
mowmowsisi

What you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman

@mowmowsisi It has been widely established that Kyle is a dumbass.  I honestly don't know how he's still employed.

mowmowsisi
mowmowsisi

You apparently did not read what he said either....

The commentary is complete and total B.S. that contradicts what was actually said. Extremely dishonest article....this is not journalism. It is scary that suckers believe this weak spin.

mowmowsisi
mowmowsisi

Are you saying that because he is Cuban? You should try reading the article. The commentary from the columnist completely contradicts what Rubio actually said. This is what they call in the former Soviet Union...Propaganda.

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