Monday, August 11, 2014

The Irony of Republican Senator Marco Rubio

There is no denying that Senator Marco Rubio is a rising star within the Republican Party. There has been speculation, from within the Republican Party, about his possible running for the presidency in the future.
However, most recently Senator Rubio has been calling on the Obama Administration to wind down on their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program. The irony of this situation is unbelievable. It’s unbelievable because of the person calling for this action and what his family experienced. I shed some light on this issue here:
Senator Rubio’s parents arrived to the U.S. from Cuba around 1956. His grandfather came to the U.S. without documentation around 1962 and was ordered deported. However, positive discretion (in essence, something similar to Deferred Action) was used by immigration officials to allow him to remain in the U.S. without a visa.
Then in 1966 the Cuban Adjustment Act was passed by the 89th U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson. The Act eliminated the requirement of having an immigrant visa, eliminated all caps and provided an expedited path to legal residency. It also provided relaxed inadmissibility grounds. All specifically applicable for the benefit of Cubans.
But the irony gets much more intense: the 89th U.S. Congress was a Democratic Supermajority, meaning both the Senate and House of Representatives were Democratic. Furthermore, President Lyndon Johnson was also a Democrat.
It seems to me that Senator Rubio is a member of the wrong party. Him and his family, as well as most Cubans, benefitted from a Democratic controlled government that gave them a chance at the American dream. And that is exactly what the current Democratic Senate and President are trying to do. The problem arises in the form of the Republican controlled House of Representatives who won’t let them. A republican party that includes Senator Rubio, a man who benefitted from pro-immigration laws and now stands against them. Shameful.
Marco no ve la miseria de los inmigrantes de hoy y tampoco de los de ayer, que incluyen a su propia familia.

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