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Rubio: Need To Legalize Illegals To Pay For Fence

From the Washington Examiner:

Marco Rubio: We need to legalize immigrants so they can pay for border security

By Byron York | June 13, 2013

Why is it necessary to legalize the roughly 11 million currently-illegal immigrants in the U.S. before newly enhanced border security and internal enforcement measures are in place? Sen. Marco Rubio, the leading Republican on the Senate’s Gang of Eight, says part of the reason is that the federal government can’t afford to secure the border on its own and needs financial help from the immigrants themselves, in the form of fines paid when they are legalized.

Rubio made the statement during a radio interview after he voted against an amendment from Republican Sen. Charles Grassley that would have put off legalization until after the border is secure — a position supported by majorities of voters across the political spectrum. Host Andrea Tantaros asked Rubio why he opposed something that was important “to so many in the Republican party?”

Rubio’s first reason was that the U.S. has no other choice than to legalize the 11 million.

Really? It seems to us we have lots of choices. We could actually start enforcing our current immigration laws. Which would entail suing sanctuary cities and states for violating our federal immigration laws. Instead of suing states like Arizona that try to enforce our laws.

We could enforce the sanctions against companies and individuals that hire illegal aliens. In fact, we could offer a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of any company’s owners hiring illegal aliens, or any government officials giving illegals benefits. And we could fine the companies $250,000 for each offense.

This would pay for a lot of fencing. Besides, once illegal aliens stop being hired or given benefits, there would be no need for a fence.

Enhancing security first would take an estimated four years, and Rubio declared, “We cannot wait another four years with 11 million people living in this country illegally without knowing who they are or why they’re here.”

But there was another reason. “We need to register them as soon as possible, not just to keep the problem from getting worse, but we’re going to require them to pay a fine, and that’s the money that we are going to use to pay for the border security,” Rubio explained. “If we don’t get that fine money from the people that have violated our immigration laws, then the American taxpayer is going to have to pay for border security.” …

If the fine money is not used, he said, “We’re going to end up borrowing money like we do now for 40 cents out of every dollar, and I want to prevent that from happening.” …

First of all, nobody is going to be paying any fines. Just like none of these illegal aliens are going to be paying back taxes. Or any future income tax, at least not for a long time.

But in any case, shouldn’t protecting our nation’s borders be one of the top priorities of the federal government? We squander untold billions of dollars on nonsense. We must have the money somewhere in our $3.8 trillion dollar budget to do what is actually one of the federal governments few actual constitutionally required duties.

Rubio also said he objected to the Grassley amendment because it didn’t include a detailed border security plan, which would leave things up to the Department of Homeland Security. But that was not related to the question of whether or not to legalize the 11 million before new security and enforcement measures are in place. As far as that is concerned, one of Rubio’s main reasons is that we simply can’t afford to do it any other way.

This is just sad. But it shows that once you go over to the dark side, you have to come up with the most contorted nonsense to try to justify your positions.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, June 14th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Rubio: Need To Legalize Illegals To Pay For Fence”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Stand back, ya’ll … my head is gonna explode …

    • Noyzmakr says:

      Take a number….

      I just can’t imagine what I was thinking when I considered this man intelligent.

      I feel like I’ve been raped!

  2. preparing4theworst says:

    I was reading this news set earlier in the day and began to wonder which position was stupidest- Pelosi on abortion, or Rubio on immigration……so far it’s a dead heat.

  3. Enthalpy says:

    Much of what brought us to this point remains with the passage of this bill. The bill undermines our own citizens and their ability to find gainful employment. The bill is too discretionary-community organizer navigators hired on the basis of PC and Multicultural criteria rather than merit or ability, will administer these outsourced jobs. ACORN emerges (out of the shadows) to create a permanent, publicly funded, progressive, Hispanic, wing of the Democrat juggernaut. We don’t need this, we don’t want this, and if we want to survive, we won’t have this.

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