Immigration Reform Bill Spearheaded By Marco Rubio Passes U.S. Senate

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Sure, Marco Rubio may have pissed off both sides of the political spectrum as the face of the U.S. Senate's immigration reform bill, which includes a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants and millions more in border security measures.

But as he builds his case as a national political candidate for 2016, he can always point to this: The biggest reform to our immigration laws in decades has now passed the U.S. Senate. Its prospects in the House, though, are much less rosy.

After the Senate tacked on a last-minute addition to up border patrol agents by 20,000, the immigration package passed easily today. The final tally was 68-32, with 14 Republicans backing the measure.

Rubio, more than any other politico, tacked his future prospects onto the bill after joining the "Gang of 8" bipartisan group working on the legislation. He gave an impassioned speech today before the vote.

He retold the story of his parents coming to Miami from Cuba, struggling to find work, and gradually embracing their new country.

"Sometimes, we focus so much on how immigrants could change America, that we forget that America changes immigrants even more. This is not just my story. This is our story. The story of how this country, unique among the nations of world, has made one people out of so many people from so many different places on earth," Rubio said in his remarks.

Despite the Senate victory, immigration reform is a long way from becoming law. House Speaker John Boehner reiterated today that his chamber won't vote on the Senate bill, but rather will come up with its own package that House Republicans will back. That could take months.

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drakemallard topcommenter

“Marco Rubio born to Cuban exiles? Not true, after all."Marco Rubio Lied About His Cuban Exile Immigrant Background"

His parents came to this country in 1956 looking for economic opportunity. They declared at that time they intended to stay permanently. The fact that Castro came to power in 1959 makes a nice excuse to claim his parents were exiles, but it's simply not true. They came here looking for opportunity and assumed they'd be able to return to Cuba for visits whenever they could. Castro complicated the latter, but didn't change the

which makes Rubio a common anchor baby of a common economic migrant

. . with the added cop-out of claiming "Dry Foot Hot Track Status", denied to every OTHER economic immigrant coming here . . .

to rubio You threw millions of unemployed people under the bus so you could pander to a constituency for political gain. Not only that, you broke the law.”

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Marco Rubio, 2009

“I am strongly against amnesty. The most important thing we need to do is enforce our existing laws. We have existing immigration laws that are not being adequately enforced. Nothing will make it harder to enforce the existing laws, if you reward people who broke them. It demoralizes people who are going through the legal process, its a very clear signal of why go through the legal process, if you can accomplish the same thing if you go through the illegal process. And number two, if demoralizes the people enforcing the laws. I am not, and I will never support any effort to grant blanket legalization/amnesty to folks who have entered, stayed in this country illegally.”

drakemallard topcommenter

“Marco Rubio and Mario Diaz-Balart,leana Ros-Lehtinen. ted cruz/other cubans have credibility on immigration issues when they advocates that immigrants from other countries are treated the same as those from their homeland – Cuba. So either grant automatic legal status as soon as they set foot on American soil, or make Cubans go through the same process as any other immigrant. Until then, just another hypocrite.”

 Anyone south of US, primarily central America and South America plus the little gauntlet of islands (Cuba) are treated differently overall.

There should not be a "wet foot, dry foot" policy. Cubans should be subject to the same immigration requirements as any other would be immigrant. No special treatment.” 

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