Marco Rubio Wants to Give You a Green Card Only if You Speak English

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Sen. Marco Rubio, the son of pre-Castro Cuban immigrants, has added a new amendment to his immigration bill that strengthens requirements that immigrants be proficient in English before being granted permanent residential status, also known as a green card.

"On the day we announced the principles that would shape the immigration bill, we made it clear that English proficiency would now be required for permanent residency for the first time in American history," Rubio, who released a Spanish-language version of his book Un Hijo Americano, said today in a statement. "This amendment ensures that will be the case."

Rubio, the first person to deliver a response to the State of the Union in both English and Spanish, originally inserted language into his immigration bill that would have allowed immigrants to be granted a green card if they could prove they were merely enrolled in English courses (assuming, of course, they met all other requirements).

Rubio, a man born and raised in a county where nearly 60 percent of residents speak only Spanish at home, has now scratched that bit from the bill, and immigrants must prove they have proficiency in English before they're granted permanent resident status.

Rubio, who aired Spanish-language advertisements during his election campaign, characterized the previous provision as a "loophole."

As Yahoo! news points out, it takes about 600 hours of instruction for those who don't speak English to attain proficiency in conversational English. About 55 percent of adult unauthorized immigrants would not be able to meet these stricter requirements.

Under current law, immigrants do not need to prove English proficiency to obtain a green card and are tested on their English only before being granted full citizenship.

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frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

MY POINT is the younger generation IS BI-LINGUAL so it's ONLY a BIG ISSUE to some politicians (like RUBIO) BUT to historians and those who know the FACTs it PURE HYPOCRACY................of course someone can seek PERMINENT RESIDENCE here in america without ENGLISH or else our national pastime (BASEBALL) wouldn't be the HIGH QUALITY game that it is today ! ! ! LOL

i guess we should DEPORT almost the entire roster of major league BASEBALL players and simply cancel the all-star game - right ?

seem to ME the SENator really didn't think this whole idea through = which is why FLORIDA politicians are the laughing-stock of AMERICA

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

good thing we didn't have this RULE when ALL those scientists FLED fascist italy and nazi germany and CAME TO AMERICA and worked on the MANHATTAN PROJECT.............none of THEM originally spoke english either

should we make the indigenous american indian tribes speak ENGLISH ?

funny .......... BUT we didn't make those CHINESE that built our AMERICAN RAILROADs speak ENGLISH - did we ?

so i guess we just should have DEPORTED all those nuclear scientists, american indians and chinese coolies

BTW..do RUBIOs own parents, who are here since 1960, speak ENGLISH ?

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

everyone could just relax because RUBIO will have to FLIP and FLOP around on ALL these issues if he wants to remain in the G O P party as their KEN doll, so be prepared for RUBIO to be constantly changing his platform just to keep the spotlight on himself

otherwise we have ALWAYS discriminated against one group or another basically starting with the CHINESE when legislation to deport all those workers who built the RAILROAD was based on not allowing them to ever financially benefit from railroad retirement plans and before that the indigenous american INDIANS got the shaft big time - what GREEN CARD did those two groups ever get ?

RUBIO is simply a politician, not a scholar or historian who has to rely on FACTs to make a point, so RUBIO will take advantage of saying all sorts of dumb things for attention

nycuban
nycuban

Maybe it's time to revise the ol' "Wet-back/dry foot" policy too...

Isaid Eleazar Gonzalez
Isaid Eleazar Gonzalez

I am assuming he'll pay for the bay-sitting &/or the classes out of his pocket...

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

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here is the dumb GOP party of stupid calculation

1)this is basically a SELF-CORRECTing "problem" as the younger hispanic generation is predominently BI-LINGUAL so going forward more and more will speak both languages

2)the elderly who rely solely on SPANISH are not in the loop anyway and therefore are a diminishing voting bloc and work force factor so the back-lash from them is negligible

3)the good olde angry white boys (conservatives) can easily understand ENGLISH ONLY as a banner charge up the hill so RUBIO won't get jettisoned as a presidential candidate like christie and ron paul and hunstmann and pawlenty were for their gaffs

4)it keep RUBIO in the national spotlight while basically saying nothing legislatively probable and also allows him a few free kicks at OBAMAcare (which of course is ROMNEYcare in massachussetts)

5)RUBIO can take for granted his constituency support as long as he speak IN ENGLISH because many of them don't understand ENGLISH and he can then tell them something totally different in SPANISH and get away with it (remember this is FLORIDA and south florida IS a BANANA REPUBLIC)

6)for eveyone else YOUR grass will still be cut at the same price by the same crew so activists such as CONDO COMMANDOs and H O As are sidelined and can resume naptime and kanasta

just another talkin head who has no clue

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

all this ping-ponging and flip-flopping indicate to me that boy wonder has not really thought this whole process out and is winging it as he goes along

and on such an important national issue this ken doll isn't ready for prime time

of course he is a FLORIDIAN so no one really expects much - even J E B ! is going around like a senseless idiot with no direction home and he IS our STATEs elder statesman who championed EDUCATION twenty years ago and we can all see today how far that initiative went (FLORIDA ranks only above alabama and mississippi in EDUCATION)

tenga cuidado el escalon !

Manuela Ambrosino
Manuela Ambrosino

Wonder if his parents speak English ..oh wait it doesn't matter, they are Cuban and didn't/don't need green cards!

Dan Sá
Dan Sá

what are you all smoking!?! having a green card is the way to access education (allowing you to learn english), legal employment, and rights other Americans have. if you put a requirement so restrictive as this one then very few people will qualify. a green card is not US citizenship, it is simply a legal status that allows a road to citizenship. must be nice to be born in a "free country" that speaks English.

Nestor E Amador
Nestor E Amador

Chelsya, USA doesn't have an official language ; some states do

Christine Tormey
Christine Tormey

I debated this in my theory class just last semester. It was of course a more educated debate then this here thread; however, we did come to the conclusion that although the US does not have an official language it is understood by our currency and governmental doctrines that

Abel Roderigues
Abel Roderigues

Not pertaining to this subject, But I don't like him as a person representing my voice.

Nathalie Flautat
Nathalie Flautat

GOOD FOR HIM....you should not get a green card if you do not want to adapt to the country you are living in...you don't want to speak the language...go back where you come from......!!!!

Felipe Mekhitarian
Felipe Mekhitarian

people should make an effort to speak the language of the country they live in though

Nasja Kos
Nasja Kos

the truth can often be assholish

Nasja Kos
Nasja Kos

I'm sure it has ALWAYS been English, even when the Native American Indians roamed freely, I'm sure they spoke English. Officially, of course.

Nasja Kos
Nasja Kos

@Chelsya Saunders, where do you see that the UNITEDSTATESERAMERIKAA has English as the official language?

Irene Mariana Gonzalez
Irene Mariana Gonzalez

when the rafters come illegally to the States , do they speak english? They have more benefits than an native american.

Exiliado
Exiliado

With all due respect, those who don't learn English is because they are too lazy.

I call BS on that statement that  "... 55 percent of adult unauthorized immigrants would not be able to meet these stricter requirements."

Rafael Fernandez
Rafael Fernandez

i agree 100% with rubio on this one..this shouldn't even be a debate!

Chelsya Saunders
Chelsya Saunders

^ Please google the United States of America. The official language is and always has been ENGLISH.

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

It's funny how you spent 6+ years virtually ignoring the unemployed in this country and then magically you grant millions of illegals the ability get work permits. 800k is a bogus number. I find it hard to believe that you would do that to people who can barely find jobs in this economy.

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.”

Nasja Kos
Nasja Kos

^Dude, the US doesn't have any official languages. k?

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter



 We have no more stupid people in this country. Everybody has a "learning disorder". Or he's "minimally exceptional".


   
Seriously , I have no idea who thought it was a good thing that Congress is able to vote for their own benefits and raises.”  It's time to recall Marco Rubio or vote him out of office.



“the republican party is not party it's a mental condition”


Jorge F Martinez
Jorge F Martinez

This looks like a disqualification report. Interesting, those opposed to Marcos have left offensive and hateful comments. Let me remind them that this is not Venezuela nor Castro's Cuba, this is AMERICA!

LoWanda McFadden
LoWanda McFadden

I have students in my classroom who take standardized tests in ENGLISH...they need to learn at some point. I don't agree with Rubio but...to be bilingual means you must be proficient in English as well.

Nestor E Amador
Nestor E Amador

Of course!!!!, because that won't apply to Cubans !!! That will only affect the "other" immigrants - speak clearly, Central Americans and some Caribbean fellows, all non-Caucasian btw

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

“marco rubio gop token

to the gop Well good for you. You keep a couple token ones around. Do you parade them around like a couple dancing monkeys?” 

it's time to vote marco rubio out of office and  it's time to remove the wet dry foot also

Mike Narganes
Mike Narganes

Where the Cubans AND I AM CUBAN MYSELF, DEMAND you speak Spanish......And they will tell you " This is Miami and you HAVE TO SPEAK SPANISH TO ME". those THAT DONT live her wont understand how it feels to walk into any business and feel like you are in a foreign country and it is you who are treated as an the immigrant. How dare you NOT SPEAK SPANISH........SAD BUT TRUE...

Mechi Gonzalez Ledesma
Mechi Gonzalez Ledesma

i'm sure he doesnt tell the old cuban "abuelos" from little havanna to speak english!!! he's soooo dumb!

drakemallard
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.

Cee Kamacho
Cee Kamacho

¡Qué clase cabrón! Why for the green card when this is already done before granting full citizenship? Este cubano tiene ínfulas de gringo, comemierda!

Nicole Cabrera
Nicole Cabrera

If this were coming from somebody else, in another district, maybe he wouldn't look like such a hypocrite. But, still a hypocrite.

Rachel Weaver
Rachel Weaver

This is a great idea, if you don't wanna speak English, move to a different country.

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@Manuela Ambrosino

Cubans DO need to apply for a green card.

There's an advantage in being Cuban because THE LAW allows them to apply for that GREEN CARD after a year.

Educate yourself before posting your comments. Ignorance is not a virtue.

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Exiliado

@Chelsya Saunders 

Actually, YOU need to google it.

You'll be surprised.

Spoiler Alert: NO, IT IS NOT.

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