GOP presidential candidate, and Florida Senator, Marco Rubio has endorsed President Obama’s first executive amnesty, otherwise known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Breitbart News reported yesterday. Rubio was interviewed by Jorge Ramos in Spanish on Univision where he said he endorses DACA.
“I believe DACA is important. It can’t be terminated from one moment to the next, because there are already people benefiting from it,” Breitbart News reported that Rubio said in Spanish on Ramos’s television program, according to an English translation provided by the media service Grabien. “But yes, it is going to have to end. It can’t be the permanent policy of the United States, and I don’t think that’s what they’re asking either. I think everyone prefers immigration reform.”
Rubio said he would only support ending DACA when similar policies were passed in Congress so they could be signed into law. Many conservatives believe the DACA executive orders signed by President Barack Obama are unconstitutional and that the president exceeded his constitutional authority in signing them.
“Well, at some point it is going to have to end, that is to say, it can’t continue being the permanent policy of the United States,” Rubio said. “I believe, if I become president, it is going to be possible to achieve immigration reform. It is not going to be comprehensive, that is to say, it is not going to all be in one massive bill. We already tried that a few years ago. We’ve seen there isn’t political support for it and I think we’ve wasted a lot of time in this process, when we could have made progress through the steps I’ve advocated.”
Other presidential candidates disagree with Marco Rubio. Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal have all said they would reverse DACA, by executive order the way it was implemented, if they become the next president.
“Rubio’s comments mark a reversal of sorts from criticism he offered of DACA last year, and they also put him at odds with the conservative Republican base, which he will need in his corner if he hopes to win the 2016 GOP presidential nomination,” the Daily Caller reported on Marco Rubio’s endorsement of DACA.
The Daily Caller reported that immigration issues, including this endorsement of executive amnesty, will be the biggest challenge to Marco Rubio’s effort to win the 2016 GOP nomination for president.
Some are viewing Marco Rubio as a real contender for president, despite the immigration issues, the Inquisitr reported a few days ago. A recent editorial in National Review extolled the virtues of Rubio as a candidate for president.
“Marco Rubio does have one weakness that Dougherty downplays. Rubio has been part of that group of senators working toward a more ‘moderate’ version of immigration reform that lead many conservatives to say the Florida Senator had ‘sold out’ to the left on the issue. He has since admitted his participation in that effort was a mistake,” the Inquisitr reported.
Will the immigration issue possibly sink Marco Rubio’s candidacy for president in 2016? Only time will tell, but there’s a strong perception that the issue will cause a number of conservative voters in the Republican base to choose another candidate over Marco Rubio.
[Photo of Marco Rubio from the Daily Caller.]