A Rebublican DREAM Act?
Is Marco Rubio nuts?
Rubio, who notably called on his party to tone down the anti-immigrant talk earlier this year, is working on a plan that would allow young illegal immigrants who came to the United States with their parents to apply for non-immigrant visas. They would be permitted to stay in the country to study or work, could obtain a driver’s license but would not be able to vote. They later could apply for residency, but they would not have a special path to citizenship.
So to sum up-
We’re going to grant the premiss the Democrats have been running on that this is something we have to act on (separate from border security/enforcement)
We’re going to do this to try and win votes of voters who will simply say, “Um, why should I support your half-assed measure when the other guys are offering me the whole thing?”
We’d also offer the Democrats a new and exciting line of attack…”Republicans think you’re good enough to work for them and fight and die for this country but not to vote”. Some enterprising liberal will no doubt find a way to equate that with slavery. Fun times!
And while we’re getting no credit or votes from this, we’ll also be doing the Democrats job for them by driving a wedge between members of our party.
If Rubio really goes ahead with this it will do significant damage to the GOP and Mitt Romney (who will have to pick sides between seeming anti immigrant or the GOP’s enforcement first base. He’ll get no credit if he goes with the former and will be bashed if he sides with the latter).
You know who would love to run on who can be more pro-amnesty than anyone? Barack Obama, that’s who. It beats talking about this economy and especially the part where Hispanic unemployment is running about 3.5% higher than for the general population.
All this damage over a plan that will win no votes and will never see the light of day in the Senate or the House.
Seriously, is Rubio nuts?
UPDATE: Rubio talks about his plan.
Rubio said he has not had contact w/ Romney or his camp about a new DREAM Act but believes his staff has informed Romney team of work on it.
Rubio says he hopes Romney will be open to his plan once its developed and says Romney is “now the leader of the Republican party”
I’m sure Mitt will be thrilled with this. He’s going to be asked about it and then it will be an issue. Especially once he equivocates on it.
I think Rubio is about to become a lot less popular with conservatives.