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Marco Rubio and the Magic Beans

Immigration-CautionShortly after last year’s presidential defeat and at the beginning of the Great Republican Panic of 2013, I wrote here about what a bad idea morally and legally amnesty for illegal aliens is. Guess what? It still is.

In a sane universe “immigration reform” would be specifically designed to benefit the citizens of the nation passing the law, rather than be a law that only benefits non–citizens who came here illegally at the expense of the citizens.

But that hasn’t stopped Sen. Marco Rubio (R–FL) from eagerly joining the Gang of Ocho’s efforts to pass a “comprehensive” amnesty bill. After being trapped in a room with both Sen. Chuck Schumer (D–Publicity) and Sen. John McCain (R–Media Loves Me, Unless I Run for President), Rubio has evidently developed Stockholm Syndrome. He claims this amnesty bill does not have any amnesty provisions. Instead is has a “path to citizenship” where the length of time before amnesty kicks in somehow makes amnesty more tolerable for conservatives.

Yet I have a simple test for supporters of any immigration reform bill. If removing the portions that deal with granting citizenship to people who came to the US illegally causes Democrat support to vanish, then what you have is an amnesty bill and not a “reform” at all.

During her testimony before Congress in support of the bill, Sec. of Homeland Security Janet Incompetano said the 844–page bill has many benefits, including stricter accountability for employers and improving border security. Yet you can accomplish both of those goals without legalizing 12 million illegal aliens and doing so might just reduce the number of illegals here now.

Opponents of actually enforcing immigration law claim the government can’t deport 12 million people, but no one I know is advocating that. In fact this is one of the areas where I prefer a libertarian solution: the illegals got here on their own without government assistance and they can leave on their own, too.

In a true magic beans moment, Rubio is so proud of the 13–year “path to citizenship” — as if a slow motion surrender to illegality is an improvement over an immediate surrender. Maybe he thinks during this cooling off period Republican outreach teams can contact the newly legal and persuade them they are really naturally conservative and should be voting GOP.

But I’ve got news for Marco: it’s not going to happen. His 13–year path is going to be the civil unions of the immigration fight. As soon as Rubio’s bill is passed Democrats will begin complaining about second–class citizenship for brown people. As Neil Munro has written, the bill already has 400 “exemptions, exceptions, waivers, determinations and grants of discretion and even better will be administered by the OBAMA ADMINISTRATION!

We will be lucky if the 13–years lasts 13 months.

Democrats will get their immediate temporary permanent status for the illegals and the increased border security will never happen. The same goes for employer sanctions.

We heard the amnesty and border security shuffle when Reagan granted amnesty to 3 million (Gee, wasn’t he a Republican?). Amnesty was immediate and border security was absent, which is why we are preparing to legalize 12 million now.

The fines Rubio dreams of (much like the $1,500 fines the Commonwealth of Virginia was going to impose of indigent drunk drivers) will never be collected and the English proficiency test will be found to be culturally insensitive. Instead, illegals will get a waiver for the fine and if they can look at two photos and distinguish George Washington from Simon Bolivar their English is good to go, too.

You think I’m exaggerating? Ha! The Democrats in charge of the District of Columbia are preparing to introduce legislation that would require pharmacies, and possibly doctor’s offices, to provide translators — at business expense — for any customer or patient who does not speak English. That in a nutshell (apt phrasing, that) is the Democrat philosophy on immigration.

And by the way, I was being conservative when I said 12 million illegals would join us. According to NumbersUSA it will be more like 33 million, because “comprehensive reform” doesn’t manage to reform one of the major failings of current immigration policy called “family reunification.”

You probably think unifying families makes sense, because parents should be able to bring their children into the country. But you are wrong, that policy would be the reform. Current Democrat policy defines “family” as grandfathers, grandmothers, uncles, aunts, cousins, kissing–cousins, step–relatives and BFFs. So 33 million may be a conservative estimate.

Tea Party favorite Rubio is flacking for a bill that will only encourage more illegal immigration in the future, will not provide increased border security, will cost taxpayers billions, will depress wages for lower income workers, will burden the welfare system and — according to a report from Emily Schultheis in Politico — give Democrats 11 million so new voters, which is about the voting population of Ohio.

This leaves conservatives with a choice of opinions regarding Marco Rubio. One, he’s either too gullible to ever be allowed in the Oval Office or two, he’s a Democrat sleeper agent.

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Michael R Shannon

Michael R. Shannon is a speaker and political commentator who has entertained audiences on four continents and a handful of islands. His dynamic, laugh–out–loud commentary on current events, politics, and culture has connected with audiences in a wide variety of settings including corporate meetings, association conferences, Christian fellowship, political gatherings, university seminars and award dinners. He is the author of "A Conservative Christian's Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with Added Humor!)" available at: https://tinyurl.com/lcqs87c

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  1. I didn’t vote for McCain because he was for amnesty (along with being a RINO) and I won’t vote for Rubio if he is for amnesty. If Rubio wants to support Democratic causes, run as a Democrat.

    1. You and I are in agreement regarding McCain. I wrote in Sarah Palin. Rubio will need that water bottle in the future for he seems to be burning his bridges with the Tea Party,


    This is an issue that I live with in a ‘border state”. It is also one that I’ve been actively working to solve for over a decade with FAIR, ALPAC, Az. Border Defenders, Retires BP Agents, TX Border Volunteers & otherlike enities. Michael’s post is absolutely correct, and..just the tip of the iceberg. I cannot express how I feel when members of Congress & others that have no idea what so ever what hey are talking about! American Citizens are have life’s work destroyed, carrying firearms to feed stock or just do yardwork..VIOLENT crimes by ‘crimminal trespassers’ against citizens is more than 100 EACH DAY..

    IMMIGRATION ..LAW.. on the books is very specific (& in English) as to HOW entry to OUR Country is to be.
    That includes background checks (so eagerly sought for guns) & the value of what ‘immigrants’ can contribute to us. Citizenship requires a ..”SWORN” allegiance to ONLY the USA and recogniztion of ALL laws that govern….

    Question:..What will be done with the thousands that (don’t) qualify for the path laid out in this bill?

    Portions of this bill gives HLS Napalantano complete descretion as to how, when & determination the borders are secure…Additionally, she has 6 months to present her ‘plan’..What the heck has she been doing the past 4 years???

    I am attaching a website to allow YOU TO SEE FOR YOURSELVES…what those of us in Az, Calif, Texas live with daily. They don’t include the 3 bodies left on a ranch south of Houston last week.


    THIS is why utter lack of enforcement is causing Amrican citizens to live in fear…not freedom

    thanx Michael

    1. You are welcome and you have my sympathy. The moral blindness of leftists never affects them, because they are insulated from the effects of their bad ideas. You won’t find Eric Holder on an AZ ranch.

      The Washington Times reports today that employers who filed fraudulent W-2 forms (some cases in the thousands) will not be sanctioned under the new law.

      1. No, but you will find him in Mexico City this morning and Obama will be there Thursday or Friday…to purportedly discuss ‘mutual’ means to handle immigration. Curiouslym just last week, Mexico published the 2 ‘huge’ sweeps rounding up drugs & illegals in ‘their’ country.

  3. If Marco had any ideas of running for president he can put them aside IMO because I for one would not vote for him and I know a number of others who share the same opinion

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