Marco Rubio: America Changes Immigrants

Tal Kopan, Politico, June 25, 2013

Sen. Marco Rubio gave a lengthy defense of his work on immigration reform on Tuesday, telling a room full of journalists that he wasn’t in the debate to score political points or guarantee Republicans the Hispanic vote, but rather because it’s personal.

Speaking for nearly 45 minutes at a conference of the American Society of News Editors in Washington, the Florida Republican reiterated a line from a recent interview that he doesn’t expect his involvement on the issue will win him any parades, and he also addressed the criticism that he might be working against his party by legalizing 11 million new citizens that will vote Democrat.

”I have never ever said to anyone and I will not say here today that if we pass this bill, suddenly Republicans are going to get to 55 percent of the Hispanic vote across the country. I do think that if we do deal with this issue, it will allow us to talk about other issues,” Rubio said in a response to an audience question, mentioning economic issues that over the long run he believes will win over Hispanics and others to the conservative cause.

Ten or 15 years from now, Rubio said, Hispanics’ political views could be different.

“America changes immigrants, and people will change, especially once they begin to become fully enveloped in the American economic experience. … Your views on these issues begin to evolve rapidly,” Rubio said. “The future of the conservative movement in America is to try to convince as many of our fellow Americans as possible that limited government and free enterprise is the best way forward for them and for our country.”

Rubio said one of the biggest barriers to Americans’ acceptance of immigration reform was not a distrust of immigrants, but rather a distrust of government. He said that the border security deal approved by the Senate on Monday, which requires doubling the size of border patrol, implementing e-verify systems and extending the border fence before offering immigrants a pathway to citizenship, could gain back some of that trust.

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Rubio said ultimately, the issue is personal for him. In addition to being the child of immigrants, Rubio said immigration is something he literally faces every day.

“For me immigration is not theoretical,” Rubio said. “I am surrounded by immigration on a daily basis. And there’s no way you can live where I live, grew up where I grew up and interact with the people I interact with and ignore that what we have right now is an absolute disaster.”

Speaking to a crowd of journalists about his life story and career thus far, Rubio also couldn’t escape questions about his 2016 aspirations, but he said he wasn’t thinking about that—yet.

“At some point in late 2014, what I’m going to have decide is, do I want to serve another term in the Senate? Do I want to run for another office like the one you’ve mentioned? Or do I want to give someone else a chance to serve in public service?” Rubio said.

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  • His approval rating among Republicans is down to what now, something like 5%?

    His approval rating is sinking even among Hispanics, and we’re supposed to pass this big hoopla immigration bill to, as Linsday Grahamnesty said, “get back in the good graces of Hispanics.” (Who died and made them king?)

    • Sick of it

      Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson did.

    • mobilebay

      I’m really tired of this Hispanic Hysteria. I’m at the point of not caring at all what they want. What about every other race? To hear both parties falling all over themselves to bow and scrape to third world ingrates, is beyond me, but I guess the pols know where their priorities lie. No accounting for taste.

    • mobilebay

      I’m really tired of this Hispanic Hysteria. I’m at the point of not caring at all what they want. What about every other race? To hear both parties falling all over themselves to bow and scrape to third world ingrates, is beyond me, but I guess the pols know where their priorities lie. No accounting for taste.

      • Steven Bannister

        I know, this “Hispandering” is really disgusting, isn’t it? Nobody is wringing their hands about how Asians feel – why do Hispanics get the special treatment? The answer is NUMBERS.

        Hispanics are being treated like kings simply because they are the most populous and have such a high birth rate. It’s like they are being rewarded for irresponsible behavior.

        Where are the white environmentalists who decried the population explosion during the 1970’s? With Amnesty, America with have a population of 400-500 million people and the liberals are dead silent.

        This is REALLY disgusting.

  • Let’s get rid of the eMM eFF at election time, along with any republican who places him on a pedestal.

  • mobilebay

    Don’t wonder about deciding if you want another term in 2014, Senator. The people will decide for you. Hopefully, they’ll realize that you’ve worked very hard for illegals, but not once have you said anything about the plight of America’s unemployed. It’s amazing how the gang of eight and their followers worry and work for people who’ve broken into our country, presented false documents, fake names, stolen IDs, committed crimes, demanded “rights” cut wages, and in general, set about helping our leader fundamentally change this nation. Yes, siree, these are just the kind of people we want to populate this country. The icing on the amnesty cake is that each one has 50 close relatives that have packed their bags to head to el norte.

  • libertarian1234

    “Marco Rubio: America Changes Immigrants”

    That’s right. When they get here they think they own it; we don’t have any right to be here; and we should go back to Europe.

    And if we don’t agree with that then they threaten to riot.

  • The__Bobster

    My NJ town was flooded with obnoxious cane-cutters like Reconquista Rubio who demanded that WE either change or leave.

    • Sick of it

      New Jersey…a state which once stood up for American freedom. RIP New Jersey.

    • IstvanIN

      In Hudson County by any chance?

      • The__Bobster

        Yes. West New York, New Jersey, to be exact.

        • IstvanIN

          I was thinking of Union City, very Cubano.

          • The__Bobster

            They are right next to each other. You can’t tell one from the other. And they rank #1 and #2 in population density for the whole country. It’s hell on earth living there.

  • The__Bobster

    “The future of the conservative movement in America is to try to convince as many of our fellow Americans as possible that limited government and free enterprise is the best way forward for them and for our country.”
    _________
    No, Marquito, fourth generation Mestizos still like big government, since their familia values are rather Zulu-like.

    • Erasmus

      The future of the conservative movement in America is to try to convince as many of our fellow Americans as possible that limited government and free enterprise is the best way forward for them and for our country

      Bubio is to Jebby, what Lindsey Graham is to John McCain. Being lectured on conservatism by the protégé of a political pimp makes me want to hurl.

  • bigone4u

    I’m a guest on this website with no right to complain, but I will anyway. I hate it when Rubio’s shallow pronouncements are given credibility by being covered by the news media. This publicity hound proves how stupid he is every time he opens his mouth, but I’ve reached a point where I don’t want to hear his drivel anymore. Go away, Rubio.

    • evilsandmich

      Rubio is the pretty-boy version of McAmnesty: a knife the lib media can use to twist into conservatives.

  • David Ashton

    “It may be wise not to rely too heavily upon the good faith of the countless Chinese, African and other Third World immigrants who daily swear allegiance to Anglo-Saxon civiic cultures that are permanently at odds with their own traditions and folkways. It seems likely that, the more genetically distant immigrants are from the host population, the less capable they will be over the long term of building or even sustaining the economic and social conditions characteristic of Anglo-Saxon societies.” – Andrew Fraser, “The WASP Question” (2011) p.63.

  • RisingReich

    Hey Marco – this immigration BS is pretty ‘personal’ for all of us NATURAL BORN CITIZENS who are getting displaced, mugged, and many times MURDERED by illegal invaders.

    You, ‘Sir’, are a TRAITOR just like light in the loafers Graham and McStain.
    TRAITORS will not be forgiven.

    • I don’t know if you can really call Rubio a traitor. He’s Indo-Mezo, and he’s being loyal to Indos-Mezos.

      • jane johnson

        Aren’t his parents Cuban?

        • Erasmus

          Little Ricky is an affirmative action pick, just like Obama, and is now operating beyond his level of competence.

      • RisingReich

        He’s an elected official of the United States. Not an elected official of Indo-Mezo or whatever.

        I get your point but respectfully disagree.

  • Sick of it

    Limited government does not mean extending cradle to grave welfare to millions of foreigners.

  • Talltrees

    America Changes Immigrants

    That isn’t what our Founding Fathers say. They warned “Immigrants change America.”

    Who are we going to believe?

  • IstvanIN

    “America changes immigrants, and people will change, especially once they begin to become fully enveloped in the American economic experience. … Your views on these issues begin to evolve rapidly,”

    No, immigrants change themselves into Americans, because they want to be Americans. My great grandparents taught themselves English, the government did not cater to them. My grandparents were thoroughly American. My mother insisted we have American first names. Only two living family members have any interest at all in the “old country”, and that is from a historical and family history aspect.

    My best friend is only second generation. Family is thoroughly American. Only one interested in the old country family member. She is in Budapest now, first time. Otherwise it is no more relevant to their day to day lives than China is.

    The current crop of non-European immigrants will not assimilate. They will not change. They want us to change for them. Rubio is no more and no less than a liar, and not a very good one at that.

    • Steven Bannister

      What you say is true – that immigrants CAN assimilate into America if they want to. Unfortunately, there is now another factor to consider- America has now CHANGED and even if an immigrant WANTS to assimilate, what are they assimilating TO?

      The culture is now a cesspool of materialism, selfishness, porn, rap, drugs, welfare – and THAT is the new “norm” that immigrants are discovering when they “come upon our shores.” The honest, hard working America of long ago is now gone. Each new generation is “assimilating” to a lower and lower standard…

  • If he thinks America changes immigrants, he is an either an idiot or never been to an inner city barrio like the Humbolt Park neighborhood in Chicago.

    Oh wait …. he used to live in Florida, which means he is an idiot.

  • WR_the_realist

    I do hope this is enough to get the Tea Partiers over their Marco Rubio thing. We can add another politician to the long list of people never to vote for. Immigrants change America. That’s exactly why socialists like Michael Moore want more of them.

  • Ella

    No, living in a large city, immigrants have changed our neighbourhoods. I walk in a different time and place feeling “not at home.”

  • HJ11

    Unfortunately, this type of thinking that America changes immigrants is also found in the likes of Rush Limbaugh who constantly says that America is great [not because of Whites] but because we have our particular Constitution or idea of freedom. This is nuts. It removes the genetic parts of the recipe that made America great. And, these are the most important parts.

    It is a type of thinking that also gets confused with cliches about America being a melting pot.

    Folks, the so-called melting pot was the blending together of closely related Europeans in America.

    A German from that side of the road (literally) and a Frenchman from this side of the road came to America and the sharp edges of their national cultures were removed. But, what really melted? They were almost genetically the same to start with. How do we know this? Trust your eyes. The kids of one White family can almost always stand in front of “non-related” White adults and they would look like the kids of these non-related adults.

  • Erasmus

    “Ten or 15 years from now, Rubio said, Hispanics’ political views could be different.”

    Right, and in 10 years to 15 years time it’s more likely that Kim Kardashian gets a PhD in nuclear physics or swears off sleeping around and becomes a nun working in a leper country than Hispanics change their dame eso – [gibsmedat] – attitude.

  • JackKrak

    I don’t think I recall Rubio telling us that Cuba needs to welcome immigrants too if it’s so great for the economy.

  • mobilebay

    Wow, anon – was it mommy or an ex-wife who turned you against women? Angry, feminist sluts? That’s pretty tough language to describe American women.

  • itdoesnotmatter

    RE: proper assimilation in those motivated, willing to do the work.

    The key word, ‘motivated.’
    My ex-husband immigrated from Northern Germany, sponsored by his immigrant, naturalized USA aunt and uncle.

    He wished to attend UC Berkeley, where we met.
    On arrival, he did not speak English.
    Within a few months, he had mastered written and spoken English, sat for college entrance exams, applied at UCB. He was awarded five merit based scholarships.
    At UC, he acquired Ph.Ds in E.E., particle physics, and math.
    In just a matter of months, this young man consciously, deliberately, evolved into an assimilated American.

  • evilsandmich

    I’ve known a couple of ‘yellow fever’ marriages and the (inevitably) white guy is always some poor, worn down shroud from his Asian wife’s constant nagging (thus the obsession with ‘real doll’ type of things by Japanese males, etc.). I’m overgeneralizing from a small dataset though…

  • Whirlwinder

    Rubio is just a faux illegal alian.

  • Pew Research Center Hispanic Division, the Hispanic vote in Presidential elections since 1980:

    1980: Carter 56%, Reagan 35%, Anderson et al. 9%. D+21

    1984: Mondale 61%, Reagan 37%. D+24

    1986: Reagan signs amnesty bill, Simpson-Mazzoli Act

    1988: Dukakis 69%, Bush 30%. D+39 (i.e. Hispanics rewarding Republicans for amnesty)

    1992: Clinton 61%, Bush 25%, Perot 14%. D+36

    1996: Clinton 72%, Dole 21%. D+51 (moderates are how you get Hispanic votes)

    2000: Gore 62%, Bush 35%. D+27

    2004: Kerry 58%, Bush 40%. D+18 (Even with Bush slinging the borders
    wide open, canceling immigration law enforcement, and handing out
    subprime mortgages to Hispanics like candy, a near-billionaire plutocrat
    still beats the Republican by 18 points)

    2007: John McCain, Ted Kennedy and George W. Bush push hard for amnesty

    2008: Obama 67%, McCain 31%. D+36. (That’s Juan McAmnesty to you.)

    2012 March: Romney ditches Kris Kobach to embrace the amnesty and cheap labor lobby

    2012 November: Obama 71%, Romney 27%. D+44

    According to this, Hispanics really haven’t changed in the last 32 years, much less the last 15.