Did GOP presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) come out in favor of President Obama’s executive amnesty for illegal aliens in a Spanish language interview with Univision? Not exactly after a second look at a translation of the interview.
The original translation of the Univision interview was provided by media service Grabien and was made into a huge deal by Breitbart News, as reported by the Inquisitr. The translation puts links “important” with Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). However, Rubio’s emphasis was not on DACA, but the phrase afterward.
The following is Rubio’s answer to Univision’s Jorge Ramos in Spanish.
“Pero DACA, yo creo que es importante, no se puede cancelar de un momento al otro porque ya hay personas que están beneficiando. Pero sí va a tener que terminar. No puede ser la política permanente de Estados Unidos.”
Here is the original incorrect translation.
“I believe DACA is important. It can’t be terminated from one moment to the next, because there are already people benefiting from it. But it is going to have to end. It cannot be the permanent policy of the United States.”
And here is the new translation, according to Breitbart.
“But DACA, I think it’s important not to cancel it from one moment to the next because you already have people benefiting from it. But it is going to have to end. It cannot be the permanent policy of the United States.”
The latter translation, stating that it’s important not to cancel DACA “from one moment to the next” appears to be the correct version based on the rest of Rubio’s Univision interview, as he repeatedly mentions that DACA has to end and the he would end Obama’s other initiative, DAPA, since it hasn’t taken affect yet.
Rubio spokesman Alex Conant went on to clarify the presidential candidate’s statement and position on the hot button topic.
“Marco went on Spanish media this week and rejected a comprehensive immigration reform approach, said that the immigration executive orders won’t be permanent policy under his administration, and that he would oppose legalization today because we first need to prevent a future illegal immigration crisis by enforcing our laws,” Conant told Breitbart News.
“Marco also said it’s important not to end DACA immediately since it would be disruptive given all the people that have it,” he continued, “but that at a certain point it would have to end since it cannot be the permanent policy of the land.”
“In case anything was lost in translation, he believes we have to fix our broken immigration system in a series of smaller bills, starting with border security and enforcement, then modernizing our legal immigration system, and then eventually dealing with the illegal immigrants living here,” said Conant.
Rubio has come under fire for his position on illegal immigration in the past. After running on a tough anti-illegal immigration platform, he joined the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” in the Senate to push for comprehensive immigration reform. He later removed support, as USA Today reported, opting for the piecemeal approach through smaller bills.
The multiple shifts has angered both conservatives and immigration activists. Rubio’s presidential campaign will have to explain itself convincingly during the Republican presidential primaries as the candidate tries to thread the needle on immigration policy.
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