A conservative's political risk on immigration

  • Article by: DANA MILBANK , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 30, 2013 - 8:53 PM

Give Republican Sen. Marco Rubio his due. The safer course would be to keep quiet about his support for what many conservatives call amnesty

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dirtydogsJan. 30, 13 2:18 PM

Why give him his due? The illegals broke the law and this is amnesty. How many other countries would allow this to go on? Despite popular belief, there IS a legal way to come to this country. Breaking the law should not be rewarded.

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Mrs.JackJonesJan. 30, 13 2:48 PM

Amnesty - only if NO laws broken in last five years including traffic laws. Proof of job with W-2's from last five years. Zero use of food stamps and other give away programs. Then and only then can you consider amnesty. Otherwise you are immediately sent home and have to stand in line.

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pinky1933Jan. 30, 13 3:00 PM

brave? rich coming from the guy who blatantly lied about the timing of his parents exit from Cuba. Rubio is a child.

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roymercerJan. 30, 13 3:34 PM

Merriam-Webster: "Amnesty, an act of forgiveness for past offenses, especially to a class of persons as a whole." Yep, it really is amnesty (if language has any meaning.)

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greg62Jan. 30, 13 3:45 PM

We tried amnesty without border control in the past and it made the problem worse. Let's not repeat the same mistake.

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gandalf48Jan. 30, 13 4:55 PM

roymercer - [Merriam-Webster: "Amnesty, an act of forgiveness for past offenses, especially to a class of persons as a whole." Yep, it really is amnesty (if language has any meaning.)] *** So paying a fine is considered amnesty in your eyes? I wonder if you would think that if you get a speeding ticket and have to pay your fine...tell the officer how grateful you are that you were granted amnesty (and a $150 ticket!).

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pitythetoolsJan. 30, 13 5:05 PM

You will note that democrats say we need amnesty now and will deal with illegal immigration and border control later. Just like they demand an increase in taxes and promise spending cuts later. It will never happen. You cannot trust liberals!Negative growth in 4th qtr 2012. And the liberals and democrats response? Blame republicans. You really have to wonder what planet these people are from.

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dumbshopperJan. 30, 13 5:10 PM

We will know when the borders are secured when the drugs stop flowing into the country. Until then the borders should not be considered secured.

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kindaliberalJan. 30, 13 5:35 PM

Republicans are funny. All they have to do is be fiscally conservative and socially moderate and they would have a good chance to win all the time. They then attract moderates from the dems because there are plenty of people, including me, who are waiting to see if dems have the stomach for dealing with the debt. But I for example, could never vote for the republicans due to their extreme social positions. Leave the teabaggers to vote for the wingnuts like Paul or Santorum and gain back the moderates you have lost. Republicans would then be way ahead of where they are now and become a credible national party again. Which is what we need.

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jjsbrwJan. 30, 13 5:53 PM

So if not a path to legal residency - if not eventually citizenship - what is the alternative? Yes! Secure the borders. Yes! Deal with violent offenders. But are we going to do with the millions of undocumented immigrants here already? We can't deport our way out of this problem. "Comprehensive" means we have to deal with all of it.

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