Tool Or Hero: What Role Will Marco Rubio Play?
The one with an ethnic persona and an assumed comfort level with a coveted demographic, along with boyish good looks and tea party credentials for added charm.
Talk is turning to November, to
Sorry, Newt and Rick, but he's the nominee. And already the talk is turning to who will be his copilot. Those conversations always include
In nearly the same breath that Rubio endorsed Romney for the nomination, the Cuban-American senator confirmed that he is drafting a
Ay, caramba! Who do you think Republicans are trying to court with that maneuver?
The 21 million Latinos eligible to vote?
DREAM stands for Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors. The federal DREAM Act has had several iterations over the years, and there have been state bills as well. The main objective has been to allow immigrant children, most of whom have grown up in
No word yet on exactly what Rubio's version would propose. He has discussed a version of the DREAM Act that would allow legalization, but not a path to citizenship.
That's a recipe for permanent limbo for these immigrant kids. And it's not likely to fly with Democrats. According to The Hill, Senate Majority Leader
"While you're here in town, don't take the bait that will be given to you by my Republican friends," Reid reportedly said.
Used to be, back before the
That's no longer a rhetorical question. The answer is: because the tea party says you should.
So Rubio, in his first task to prove what he can do for the
There's not a lot of reason to trust Rubio on this issue. He denounced an earlier version of the federal DREAM Act as an "amnesty." Changing his tune now will look like flip-flopping. And that might just entrench Latino voters' mistrust of the
Romney's camp might see Rubio as a natural ally to Latino voters. Maybe someone should tell them.
Rubio is Cuban-American, the son of exiles (although his parents arrived two years before Castro took power). Many Cubans have a completely different relationship with immigration issues than other Hispanics in the U.S. When you flee a dictator that the U.S. government considers a foe, legal status can be obtained as a refugee.
The vast majority of Hispanics who come to the U.S. are of Mexican or Central American origin. That's not a deal they get from our government.
Another twist is that Latino voters don't rank immigration policy among the most important issues. They are concerned mostly about employment, education, jobs -- the range of issues that most voters find important.
Still, if Rubio gets behind a strong and equitable version of the DREAM Act, he can help a small but important number of immigrants whose status should have been resolved long ago. These students' futures never should have been become a political football.
Maybe Rubio can be the voice that brings reason to the
Good luck, Sen. Rubio. You will need it.
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