Rubio vs an Invisible Obama
A draft of the
They could earn an eight-year window to apply for permanent residency if they learn English and U.S. history and pay back taxes. The proposal also calls for enhancements to border security and more immigration judges. Obama administration officials also have said the
But Rubio, one of the "Gang of Eight" senators working on a bipartisan immigration bill, did not hesitate to shoot the president's proposal down as "half-baked," "seriously flawed" and "dead on arrival" if it is proposed to
That's curious since it is hard to make out a glimmer of daylight between the Obama proposal and Rubio's own stated positions. The main difference between their plans appears to be Rubio's enforcement trigger. Both plans call for border improvements, but only Rubio has demanded more border security before the citizenship program kicks in.
As he told
Which raises a critical question: After all the millions that already have been spent on more fences, border guards and equipment, how secure do the borders have to be before Republicans are satisfied that they're "secure"? For some conservatives, that's like asking how much evidence they need before they believe President Obama's birth certificate.
Republicans in general don't want to open any path to citizenship for illegal immigrants until certain border security measures are in place -- even though almost half of the nation's undocumented workers arrived legally anyway, according to a Pew Hispanic Center study, but overstayed their visas.
Nevertheless, Rubio, a 41-year-old son of working-class Cuban exiles and a likely 2016 presidential contender, can't drift too far ahead of his party on this issue.
Sure, Republicans are trying hard to recover support from Hispanic voters who, compared to their 2004 turnout for President
So it only helps Rubio to win valuable support if he appears to be no way in cahoots with Obama, even when their proposals sound like identical twins.
That won't be easy.
With the camouflage wearing thin, Rubio is left with little recourse but to play along with his party's nearly exhausted "Party of No" strategy: Show a willful blindness to the Obama that most people see and badmouth the mythical Obama whom they have made up.
You remember him. He's the same Invisible Obama to whom
He's the Obama with whom a number of Republican leaders agree, but they don't dare admit it.
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