It seems like Marco Rubio is changing his stance on immigration in an attempt to please voters and the Republican Party.
In a Boston Globe article recently, Rubio’s immigration positions were outlined.
In October 2010, Rubio stated that any earned path to citizenship constituted amnesty and that he was opposed to it. This occurred during a Senate debate in Florida.
In April 2012, Rubio began to introduce his own version of the DREAM Act, granted legal status to undocumented children. It is at this point, that Rubio first supports an immigration bill that would benefit undocumented immigrants.
In December 2012, Rubio is selected and agrees to join the Gang of Eight made up of senators from each party to try to work out an agreement on comprehensive immigration reform. This marks the first time when Rubio actually supports a comprehensive approach to fixing the immigration system and providing legal status to those already here in an undocumented status.
January 2013, Rubio acknowledges that there are millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States that have to be dealt with in a responsible and compassionate manner.
April 2013, Rubio pushes hard to have the bill introduced by the Gang of Eight passed in Congress. He states that he does not believe that we should deport millions of people or make their lives so miserable that they will self-deport themselves as advocated by other Senators. He points out that without fixing the immigration system, there is de facto amnesty.
June 2013, Rubio states, “I am 100 percent committed to immigration reform”
September 2014, Rubio’ stance is that comprehensive reform will not work and that any change in the immigration laws will have to be dealt with on a piece by piece basis.
February 2015, Rubio says that we have to secure the borders before there is any chance of an immigration reform bill passing.
Rubio went from supporting a compressive approach to immigration to a position where he feels that border security and enforcement must come first before Congress will pass any immigration reform. His theory is that he tried with the Gang of Eight to promote a comprehensive immigration reform bill and that it did not garner the support needed to pass through Congress.
Rubio remains a supporter of immigration reform although he now places an enforcement bill ahead of a bill that will benefit the undocumented immigrants in the United States.