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Democrat Congressman Welcomes Senator Rubio’s Immigration Reform Ideas

U.S.Senator Marco Rubio(Shark Tank)

U.S.Senator Marco Rubio
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By Javier Manjarres

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s recent remarks on immigration reform have prompted both supporters and opponents of a “pathway to citizenship” for millions of illegal immigrants to at least seriously consider the framework for comprehensive immigration reform that he’s proposing. 

While Rubio has not elaborated what the policy specifics of his immigration proposal might be, his ideas are catching the attention of congressional Democrats who are no doubt aware of Rubio’s increasing credibility on the issue.

One such Democrat is Congressman Xavier Becerra from California, and he took some time to speak with the Shark Tank about Senator Rubio’s immigration reform ideas-

I think the more we talk about getting it (immigration reform) down, the better. We always welcome voices in Congress that talk about getting something done and fixing the broken immigration system. I welcome any comment that takes us forward. – Rep. Xavier Becerra (D)

When asked his thoughts on Rubio’s proposal for a tax on illegal immigrants who “come out of the shadows,” Becerra said that, “no one’s been proposing amnesty, and everyone has been proposing that folks come out of the shadows, that’s been around for years.”

While it’s not expected that Becerra or anyone else in the Democratic Caucus will openly applaud Rubio’s immigration position, Becerra does agree with Rubio that the U.S. border needs to be secured, as the border region has become a haven for criminal activity,  gun-running, illicit drugs, and foreign terrorists who continue to cross the border.

I don’t think there is any space between members of Congress when it comes to trying to ensure we do everything we need to secure our borders, we are a sovereign nation. – Rep. Xavier Becerra

The Dream Act has been a successful tool that has worked to Democrats’ advantage, and was evident last summer when President Obama, who under Executive Order stopped the deportation of illegal immigrants under 30.  Becerra, who had been one of the strongest advocates for a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, rejoiced after Obama’s Executive Order by stating “this is a new day for dreamers all across America.”

 Becerra added that “through President Obama’s leadership, our youth now have the opportunity to put their talents and education to work for the country they know and call home…Let us help our youth walk with ease through this process of achieving their dreams but also take up the work in Congress to fix our broken immigration system at last.”

The recent thrashing that Republicans sustained from Hispanics who supported President Obama by wide margins may very well have softened the hardline position of some Republicans who called for deporting all illegal immigrants regardless of their individual circumstances.  

Rubio’s alternative to the blanket and backdoor amnesty policies of Democrats are beginning to gain wider acceptance and could very well become the foundation of the comprehensive immigration reform that ultimately passes Congress.  

As Rubio’s prominence on the immigration issue continues to rise, Democrats will increasingly view him as the single greatest threat to their plan to decisively lock down the Hispanic vote in elections to come.

Related: Rubio’s Real Immigration Obstacle

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Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor

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  1. Judy January 16, 2013 at 8:33 am

    He has a plan, but they have to pass it before anyone can read it.

  2. Political Airwaves January 16, 2013 at 9:50 am

    This is one of the ways the GOP can cut through the liberal noise machine. Marco is a rising superstar in the party, and I believe he’ll be the 1′st Cuban American President of the United States. (If many of our prayers are answered, he’ll be President after this charlatan is though.) He can articluate a principled conservative position and propose a way to actually solve a problem. Not just use it for political expediency.

  3. Bill January 16, 2013 at 9:59 am

    We have an immigration system. And a law “fixed” in 1984. We were promised ti would stop illegal immigration. The problem is, the Feds stopped enforcement.
    So who will promise that a new law will be enforced? Or do we rely on the illegals who broke yesterday’s law to follow tomorrow’s law?
    While children are a problem, it is simple. Register under the existing laws. Registration exempts you from deportation. Follow the existing rules for citizenship.
    The “path to citizenship” already exists. If someone is too lazy to work for it, maybe we should re-evaluate if we want them here, as we already have sufficient lazy citizens.
    So there you have a new “fix”. Follow the rules, provide provisional amnesty for those who register and continue a schedule to citizenship.
    One or two page legislation. Done

  4. Pedro Bosmenier January 16, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Marco Rubio isnt cuban- american, Marco Rubio is American he was born in the United States, I am proud that he came from cuban parents, but he is American only

  5. ANTHONY PANETTA January 16, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    I believe Senator Rubio to be an honest and compassionate individual, who truly loves America. I am starting to see how much sense he is making on immigration. We need to pay attention to him and if he makes sense then support him.

  6. Lightweight January 16, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Why do you debate as if there is real knowledge being considered ? Marco Rubio is for Amnesty and not for enforcement of the law. This has been his view and is why he has promised it is not but is against the Arizona law that enfocs the law.Every idea he has floated has been for amnesty and then says he is not for amnesty.The Shark Tank host knows Rubio’s record of not allowing the Immigration Bill to come up 6 times as a State Senator,but he will not report on Rubio’s voting record because this is a Propaganda Site.

  7. Lowie January 16, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    For over 30 years the federal government of the United States pass so much legislation that now it is so layered that no one knows what the hell to enforce! Today, with a stroke of several pens, what was signed will cost you and me $500 million and may or may not see any difference at all. Those who are fortunate to be working will be paying more out of their checks and the debt will continue to rise and will burden the future of your children, their children, and their grandchildren. This “bunch” running our Republic, says spending cuts should not be a part of rectifying our financial situation, but borrowing 46 cents out of every dollar to keep funding the government will result in a financial collapse! Has anyone thought of what a Constitutional Convention would do to our country? The “left” could do away with the current Congress and the Constitution and go about their tryanny. Any comment?

  8. Dave Francis January 17, 2013 at 12:33 am


    It’s yet another form of corruption where illegal immigration has become a standard of big business “Ruling the Roost”. After the 1986 promise never to submit a bill for another Comprehensive Immigration Reform or some type of Amnesty, Obama and his mob of Inquisitors who don’t respect the Constitution are pushing for another Path to Citizenship for 20 million plus foreign nationals who spit on our laws. Another policy as before will just attract millions more people in poverty adding to our own. The quota system years back worked very well, but it was not good enough for the special interests, organized religion, unions and other inept organizations. Certain nationalities gained a working visa to enter the United States and it was a FAIR AND EQUITY way for individuals to immigrate. All we have to do is enforce the laws we have now, including passing most prominent laws that sit dormant ready to be voted on? These are Legal Workforce Act and the Birthright Citizenship bill. In the long run these laws could save taxpayers Trillions of dollars in education, health treatments for every illegal family, homes for low income and a load of benefits for the children of illegal aliens smuggled calculatingly into America. Using E-Verify and its growing innovations to electronically locate and deport illegal workers in jobs, which should belong to the 24 millions of Americans and the less fortunate existing on the streets. Our population is growing every year from legal and illegal immigration, with a proportion managing to gain entrance through CHAIN MIGRATION of immediate family members and there is a rising need to reduce it, otherwise we will have shortages of portable water, energy supplies and chaos on the crumbling road systems and retirement for people who never paid a cent into the system. Learn more from around the country with the lies and propaganda from the Liberal Progressives from the true believer in the Rule of Law at the “AMERICAN PATROL site.

    Then again, until the special interest money is taken away from Congress, the general public hardly has any say in the policies of any administration? The rot inside the beltway is so intense, the little guy, the small politicians with expectations becomes malleable to their own parties. Ron Paul is correct that the Federal Reserve is as corrupt as any lawmaker. The 41 million plus TEA PARTY states that if you grew up in the in the 1950s and 1960s, you remember a time when the average husband could easily support his family – without putting his wife to work. You remember a banking system that was a good, honest steward of your money. And you remember when a dollar was a dollar… and every dime and quarter was made of 90% silver. Today, millions of two-income families are struggling to make ends meet. The same $1 that once bought you three gallons of gas will only buy you one-third of a gallon. And the price of everything else, from health care to food to electricity and even college tuition continues to soar. Make no mistake; this dollar crisis is destroying the American middle class. And one organization has been its chief architect: The Federal Reserve. Did you know…Thanks to the actions of the Fed, the basic necessities of life have become so expensive, according to a recent National Retirement Confidence Survey, 70% of American workers plan to work for pay after they retire. It’s true.

    And I’m sure you’ve noticed how much harder it is to plan for the future and confidently invest in the stock market. Everything we’ve worked for is at risk of being taken away. All the wars Americans have died for to claim our freedom from dictatorship, is slowly fading as those in power are accumulating votes by pampering not only illegal aliens but the freeloaders, who have no intention of working for a living. All those people who voted for King Obama and his Imperial court must be mystified by more and more dollars being extracted by his administration and not just from wealthy amongst us. And a growing number of Americans are saying, “Enough is enough. This madness has to stop!” Here at The Project to Restore America – we fully support Ron Paul’s push to Audit the Fed. And we’re encouraged to see a new bill has been introduced by Congressman Paul Broun this year. But a major showdown waits in Washington DC, where powerful forces are plotting to crush any attempt to bring transparency to the Federal Reserve. My question to you is – will you let them to continue to gut the value of the dollar… or… choose to fight back? I’m not asking for your money. Nor am I asking you to attend a political rally. But we need to let our Congressmen hear this message loud and clear: It’s time to Audit the Fed! We’ve created a special one-click petition that will ensure your Congressman knows where you stand in the weeks ahead. If you are with me and share in Ron Paul’s sentiments on this issue go to “The Project to Restore America”. As individuals we may be helpless to challenge the powers that be. But together we are strong enough to flood Washington with support for this historic bill…and return fiscal sanity to our country.

  9. eileen winkler January 19, 2013 at 9:52 am

    we don’t need these people in america let their own country take care of them. congress should be working on creating jobs not on giving amesty so the republicans can get the latino vote with total disregard on what these people are costing america, jobs, strain on all resources.