With a possible presidential run in the future for Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) he is trying to backpedal from his previous position on immigration reform. If the latest election taught us anything it was American’s do not want immigration reform and Rubio got the message loud and clear.
His new book “American Dreams” comes out next week but POLITICO obtained an early copy of it. Remember the massive compromise legislation he stood behind before? In his book he says immigration reform should happen gradually. More specifically, it should happen in piecemeal bills and not abruptly at one time.
Rubio’s new book focuses mainly on his domestic policy agenda such as taxes and health care but hidden within the second chapter he does comment about immigration reform. He wrote:
On the one hand, calls to grant amnesty to twelve million people are unrealistic and quite frankly irresponsible. On the other hand, not a single opponent of the Senate bill I helped author proposed that we try to round up and deport twelve million human beings. Courtesy of POLITICO.
The question is if conservatives will buy his recent change of heart because this is not the first time he changed his mind on immigration. When he initially ran in 2010 his campaign promise was that he would not support any type of immigration reform and then in 2013 he was a member of the “Gang of Eight” along with Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and John McCain (R-AZ). They tried to pass a sweeping immigration reform bill which was not welcomed with open arms by the American public and now he is saying it needs to be gradual. Which one is it? One thing is for certain: American’s do not like flip-flopping politicians whereas politicians bank on the fact most voters will forget they changed positions before they hit the voting booth.
Other potential presidential contenders such as Ted Cruz (R-TX) do not share his beliefs and may come across more appealing to voters whereas Jeb Bush (R-FL) welcomes amnesty with open arms.