Marco Rubio Wants to "Re-Examine" Cubans' Fast-Track to Citizenship

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Everyone already hates Marco Rubio, from Tea Party activists who think his immigration bill is too liberal to LGBT activists who think it's too conservative. So why not alienate Cuban voters too?

This seems like a surefire way to piss off Miami exilios at least. Rubio now says Cubans' 47-year-old fast track to citizenship should be "re-examined."

Rubio told a gathering of newspaper editors last night that considering how easy it is for Cuban-Americans to go back to visit relatives on the island, their special political exile status doesn't make a lot of sense anymore.

"I don't criticize anyone who wants to go visit their mom or dad or their dying brother or sister in Cuba," Rubio said, the Tampa Bay Times reports. "But I am telling you, it gets very difficult to justify someone's status as an exile and refugee when a year and a half after they get here, they are flying back to that country over and over again."

That's a sentiment that every other immigrant group in the United States has surely felt at one time or another, but it's also a major stick in the eye to one of Rubio's biggest bases in South Florida.

Before the mob gets too riled outside Versailles, though, bear in mind that Rubio didn't actually bother to do anything about his new doubts on Cuban immigration status.

The reform bill that's likely to pass the Senate doesn't touch the Cuban Adjustment Act, which grants habaneros their special status.

Why not? "It just hasn't come up in this conversation," explains Rubio, the bill's public face and major author.

In other words: Criticizing Cuban immigration status is one thing. Actually doing something about it would be a whole other leap for Rubio.

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drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter


The same Marco Rubio? That Talks Big but Fails to Deliver? The question is, is this guy in over his head or not ? Am I alone in thinking he is not representing all Floridians? It's time to recall Marco Rubio or vote him out of office.


Will the Birthers Scrutinize Marco Rubio's U.S. Citizenship?
You know what they say about Mexicans that give birth to Americans in the United States?


A Cuban on the ballot means nothing to the general population of the
Hispanic community. Most Latin Americans don't like Cubans
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.
 

“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 former.”

Exiliado
Exiliado topcommenter

And speaking about ignorance.

Maybe the author should go out and interview some of those exiled "viejitos." He will be surprised to find out how many of them agree with Rubio.

So many of them are upset at how lightly the new generation takes the political issues that created this exile in the first place!

Exiliado
Exiliado topcommenter

Calling ALL Cubans "Habaneros" or "Habeneros" only reveals how ignorant the author is. The term  "Habanero" refers to a person native of Havana.

Maybe the author does not know this, but there's more in Cuba than just Havana or "Habaneros". 

Danny Cespedes
Danny Cespedes

He won't do it. As much as I'd love to see some sort of reform on this broken law, it's not going to happen considering how much Cubans LOVE the Republican/Tea Party even though they barely share anything in common.

Monica Barba
Monica Barba

Coming from a Cuban American immigration attorney whose father was a Cuban political prisoner for 16 years...Marco Rubio is RIGHT. The Cuban Refugee Adjustment Act has been abused for years. It's days are numbered. As they should be. It should not benefit economic refugees. Everyone needs to get over this and realize legislators can't throw everything but the kitchen sink into this bill. It's delicate enough as it is. Get off Rubio's back.

monica.barba
monica.barba

Coming from a Cuban American immigration attorney whose father was a Cuban political prisoner for 16 years...Marco Rubio is RIGHT. The Cuban Refugee Adjustment Act has been abused for years. It's days are numbered. As they should be. It should not benefit economic refugees. Everyone needs to get over this and realize legislators can't throw everything but the kitchen sink into this bill. It's delicate enough as it is. Get off Rubio's back.

Lourdes Diaz
Lourdes Diaz

Rubio needs to feed the racists, even if its own people. He didnt have a problem with the law before he was a Tea Party darling. SCUMBAG.

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.



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.

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman

What's the problem?  He's right.  Some of them flee due to "political" reasons, then once they're squared away here, they fly back year after year bearing food and money.  I'm surprised you don't have a Rubio-only sub-blog maintained by Kyle "the journalist."

Also, its "Habaneros" not "Habeneros."

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman

@Monica Barba Well said.  All this liberal rag does is berate any politician that doesn't have a D after their name

ezioraful
ezioraful

@drakemallard In contrast with any of the other countries where immigrants come from, Cuba has a dictatorship, they live in a country ruled by a communist government, that's why there exist this "special treatment" with cubans. 



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