The Death of Immigration Reform in Two Rubio Family Quotes

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July 24 2014 4:50 PM

The Death of Immigration Reform in Two Rubio Family Quotes

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Tony, political pobrecito

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Last year Time's great Miami-based reporter Michael Grunwald described a voicemail Marco Rubio's mother left for her son. (His full name is Marco Antonio Rubio, hence the "Tony.")

“Tony, some loving advice from the person who cares for you most in the world,” she said in Spanish. “Don’t mess with the immigrants, my son. Please, don’t mess with them.” She reminded him that undocumented Americans—los pobrecitos, she called them, the poor things—work hard and get treated horribly. “They’re human beings just like us, and they came for the same reasons we came. To work. To improve their lives. So please, don’t mess with them.”
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One year, a few months, and a stalled immigration bill later, Alex Leary quotes Rubio:

The U.S. must also make clear that the Deferred Action program, or any law or policy for that matter, does not and will not apply to any recent arrivals. Furthermore, because the recent wave from Central America spiked after DACA was announced, it is in our interest to wind down this program. If you are not currently in it, you should not be eligible for it. For President Obama to raise hopes it may actually be unilaterally expanded is irresponsible and threatens to make this problem even worse.

As Leary explains, Rubio had favored a version of the DREAM Act in 2012, folded it into the 2013 reform, and has basically shrugged at the House Republicans' role in shelving the whole thing. While on the topic of Congress doing nothing even on issues that members claimed to be obsessed with solving, read Sam Stein.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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