Rubio Warns Republicans: If You Don’t Support My Immigration Plan, Obama Will Just Legalize Everyone

Written by Igor Volsky

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) warned on Wednesday that President Obama could unilaterally legalize millions of undocumented immigrants if Congress does not pass a bipartisan immigration bill offered by the so-called Gang of 8.

Appearing on the nationally syndicated “The Mark Levin Show” — one of many conservative talk radio interviews the senator is granting to pitch his immigration proposal — Rubio argued that if lawmakers fail to reform the system in the way he has proposed, “bad people” like President Barack Obama will be able to losen immigration laws and undermine America’s border security:

RUBIO: If we don’t do anything, then the status quo remains, which is they won’t do anything. You won’t have E-Verify, you won’t have…. In fact, I think it’s possible that they could give legal status like they did to the DREAM Act qualificators, I mean people who qualified under the DREAM Act — they could do the same thing to millions of people more. What would stop them from doing that? [...] There are consequences to electing bad people to office. There are consequences to the fact that Barack Obama won his re-election. There are, there is no denying it. And we are living that every single day and there is no denying it.


Throughout the interview, Rubio stressed that the 13-year legalization process will be long and strenuous, pointing out that undocumented immigrants can’t earn provisional status until the Department of Homeland Security commences a comprehensive border security plan. Immigrants will not be allowed to transition into permanent resident status before DHS implements a mandatory employment verification system and deploys an electronic exit system.

If it fails to achieve its security goals in 5 years — persistent surveillance in high risk sectors of the border and ensure that 90 percent of entries at certain high-risk southwestern border areas are apprehended or deterred — a bipartisan Border Commission of border-state governors will “take over.”

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.


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Kimberly J.
Kimberly J4 years ago

Since we're picking on Florida's "favorite" (NOT!) senator, her's the link to an editorial in today's Florida Today newspaper. It's about Rubio's vote & threatened filibuster on the gun background check bill.

Lori Ann Hone
Lori Hone4 years ago


Carlene V.
Carlene V4 years ago

Rubio is simply pandering to the teabaggers who have shown they'll continue to vote against their own best interests. Obama cannot pass this and Rubio knows it but the uninformed keep their blinders on and believe his republican scare tactics and will line up to vote for this asshat incase he gets the nod to run in 2016. Guess they'll not want to hear how Rubio himself has lied about how and when his parents got here. Let the games begin!

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson4 years ago


paul m.
paul m4 years ago


Giana Peranio-paz

Let them all go to hell.

Ken W.
Ken W4 years ago

Damn the GOP realty full speed ahead ---- BYE BYE GOP 2014 --- 2016 !!

Tina G.
Tina G4 years ago

Its my understanding that it will take them several years to get a green card, in the mean time they will be able legally work here. There goes 11 million plus jobs. The green card will simply enable them to more of our benefits like social security, welfare etc.
There would be no limit in the number of green cards awarded to people of extraordinary ability in science, arts, education, business or athletics, or to outstanding professors, doctors and others. A new startup visa would be created for foreign entrepreneurs trying to come here to start their own companies.Visas for highly skilled workers greatly in demand by technology companies would nearly double. Low-skilled workers would be able to come in for jobs in construction, long-term care and other industries, ultimately up to 200,000 a year. A new agriculture visa program would bring farm workers to the U.S.; farm workers already here illegally would get a faster path to citizenship than others here illegally, able to seek a green card in five years, an effort to create a stable agricultural workforce.

As things stand now, Obama enabled chain immigration for the dreamers, and this bill will not stop that nor birth right citizenship.

Our borders are far from being secure, I live in Tucson Az. We have had a huge influx of aliens coming in, they easily enter through the reservation that borders with Mexico, and many come on foot daily through the Chiricahua mountains. Our call for border patrol go unanswer

Ron B.
Ron B4 years ago

Marco, securing US borders isn't going to keep the worst of the terrorists out of this country. They're already here and they've even formed their own organization. It's called the GOP. Perhaps you've heard of it. Oh, that's right, you yourself are already a member of it. In fact, you would even like to be it's leader someday and sit in the White House---don't deny it.

What makes this particular terrorist group so insidious is that it has buried itself deep within the Federal government and many State governments and is actively working to destroy the US from within. This traitorous organization owes it's allegiance to greedy, corrupt trans-national corporations who only care about the bottom line and couldn't care less about the welfare of any one country.

So, someone like you who actually has designs on becoming the head of such a dangerous and treasonous organization is in no position to preach to us that Obama is trying to undermine America's border security. You're nothing but a Trojan Horse, and not a very good one at that.

Judie B.
Judie B4 years ago

Rubio, honey, you forgot to take your meds, again, this morning....