Senator Marco Rubio (FL-R) was scheduled to appear on seven talk shows, “This Week,” “Face the Nation,” “Meet the Press,” “FOX News Sunday,” CNN’s “State of the Union,” Univision’s “Al Punto” and Telemundo’s “Enfoque” on Sunday, prompting John Nolte of Big Government to call the gambit “the full Rubio.”
Via Mediaite, here is his ABC appearance with Jonathan Karl.
Karl pressed him on whether this proposal is actually “legalization first” over “enforcement first” and said that because somebody could gain citizenship within six months it actually is “legalization first.” “The problem is what do you do in the meantime? While you’re doing all these enforcement mechanisms what do you do with the millions of people that are undocumented,” he said.
“What I want is to freeze the problem in place so it doesn’t get worse,” he said.
Rubio deflected Karl’s question on how the fight over immigration could impact the long term health of the Republican Party.
Rubio faced many of the same questions on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.
Again, via Mediaite:
Senator Marco Rubio took another beating for his support for immigration reform legislation in the Senate this morning, this time from Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. Rubio defended his position on the legislation saying that what he supports is not amnesty.
On Face the Nation, Senators Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) debated the issue.
Sessions was not convinced the bill will be anything short of another amnesty bill, saying it will give people of form of amnesty now, with a promise of enforcement in the future. “Even if you pass laws today that appear to be effective, it doesn’t mean they’re going to be enforced,” he said, with possibly the 1986 Amnesty legislation in mind.
Here is a trip down memory lane to the year 1986 where we find that many of the arguments that were made by the likes of Leon Panetta and Chuckie Schumer back then, are the same ones being made by Marco Rubio, today in support for immigration reform.
Michelle Malkin: Object Lesson: “Temporary” Amnesty Never Dies:
The U.S. allows illegal aliens from TPS-designated countries to live here, work here, be protected from detention or deportation, and travel freely. It’s essentially a bad-weather pass into the U.S. Whenever a natural disaster strikes, we allow legions of foreigners who entered illegally — mostly from Latin America — to stay here while their homelands recover.
In the meantime, TPS winners can apply for a panoply of other immigration benefits and protections and file for “adjustment of status” to pave the way to permanent legalization. In fact, the official draft application for Obamacare lists “Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Applicant for Temporary Protected Status (TPS)” as an “eligible immigration status.”
Yep, that means you don’t even have to be a legit, approved TPS designee to qualify for Obamacare. If you merely filed paperwork to be an “applicant” for TPS, you’re in like Flynn! DHS documents are now officially pimping Obamacare to foreigners. And GOP Senate Budget Committee staffers estimate that covering illegal aliens could raise the cost of Obamacare by$120 billion to $200 billion in its first decade.
In theory, TPS beneficiaries are supposed to go home after their native countries improve. In practice, there is nothing temporary about these “temporary” reprieves for hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens from around the world.
Last week, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that TPS had been extended for at least 70,000 Hondurans and Nicaraguans “for an additional 18 months, beginning July 6, 2013, and ending Jan. 5, 2015.” Thanks to American generosity, these TPS winners have been here since 1998 — when Hurricane Mitch hit their homeland.
That was 15 years ago.
As the White House shuts down tours and air traffic control towers go dark thanks to the budget sequester, millions of illegal aliens will collect as much as $20 billion in cash from the taxpayers thanks to a widespread scam facilitated by the Obama administration. Ed Rubenstein, president of ESR Research and former chief economist for the Grace Commission on Waste in Government, has issued a new report entitledDefrauding the American Taxpayer: The Earned Income and Additional Child Tax Credits [PDF].
Rubenstein states that, “the IRS knowingly allows illegal aliens claiming children to get Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) cash payments of up to $5,891.”