Rubio immigration plan seeks improvement, momentum

Perhaps no one in American politics has more invested in a single public policy issue than Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) does with immigration.

Rubio, perhaps following the White House move to use an executive order on the DREAM Act for children of illegal immigrants last year, made the conscious decision to shape events, not react to them.


Immigration: Marco Rubio's moment

Never before in my memory has a potential presidential candidate been tested in the manner that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will now be tested, through a single dramatic legislative action, with the immigration bill that may ultimately be the most important bill of the current Congress.

This is good for America. We need an immigration bill, and we need presidential prospects who are tested through the crucible of real life events. While I have never been a big fan of "Groups of 8" (or any groups or gangs), I applaud the immigration group of Democrats and Republicans working in good faith who are producing a credible and important benchmark for debate and hopefully action on immigration.


Rubio wimps out at CPAC

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) demonstrated in his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference meeting that he lacks the toughness and political courage to be elected president in 2016. By running like a frightened rabbit from his own immigration proposals and refusing to champion them in his speech, Rubio suggests he has nothing to fear except his base itself. If Rubio could not handle this speech, he's gonna have a tough time in roughhouse Republican presidential primaries, and he will look like shredded wheat if he ever faces the inside fastball of the formidable Hillary Clinton if this mismatch ever comes to pass.


Immigration offers Republicans an opportunity

For too long, the only Republican plan to deal with immigration reform was to tighten border security. This tack was a helpful dodge, not requiring a politician to detail what we would do with the 11-12 million illegal immigrants already here.
But in winning about 30 percent of Hispanic votes in 2012, the Republican Party has been forced to move to the middle with a more sensible, forward-looking plan that addresses the many complicated factors involved in immigration reform.


The GOP needs an immigration policy

Romney’s immigration stance created an enormous gap among Latino voters.

The biggest discussion within the GOP now is how to court more Latino voters into the party. Romney won less than 30 percent of all Latinos, and one exit poll in Florida said he even lost Cubans, who tend to be extremely conservative.

You don’t have to win Latino voters over as a whole, but you have to cut the gap. Bush won 44 percent of Latinos in 2004 and that allowed him to have victories in Nevada and New Mexico.


‘Letting them be’

After appearing on BET's T.J. Holmes show last night and engaging in a very intense debate with actress Rosie Perez regarding immigration, it forced me into deeper examination of this issue.

You know why immigration brings people to a boiling point, separates races and creates classes in our society? It's simple, really: OWNERSHIP. Hard-line Mexicans and Latin Americans coming across the border to Texas and California believe the states belong to them.


Did the Supreme Court just reelect Obama and return Pelosi as Speaker?

As the governor of Arizona, Republican candidate for president and United States Supreme Court tell Hispanics to "show me your papers," they have given Democrats a windfall in a close election. This latest attack on Lady Liberty, who holds the torch in the harbor of New York, is bad news for Mitt Romney, who wants to make the Arizona law a national model, and bad news for House Republicans, who now have even more trouble in key states with large Hispanic populations. Marco who?


Immigration failures victimize children

Comprehensive immigration reform may be dead in the 112th Congress, but cynical tactics using the issue as a political weapon against the Obama administration, scapegoating immigrants at the state level or deploying a “toughness” litmus test among Republican presidential contenders are alive and thriving. As with the other domestic wars we are fighting — economic inequality, the cradle-to-prison pipeline, educational opportunity, etc. — children are being victimized by ideological warfare and the failure of adults to agree on a fair, sensible solution.


Immigration revisited

Is it possible to be pro-immigration in this country and still support the principles of the state of Alabama’s immigration laws, dubbed some of the strictest in the nation?


Sound paradoxical? Not at all.

First things first. Yes, the state’s laws are tough, and in some cases, questionable, as in one provision that requires students to document their immigration status before enrolling in school. The fact that a significant percentage of Hispanics failed to do so in recent weeks shouldn’t come as any surprise, if you believe that close to 10 percent of Alabama’s Hispanic population is here illegally. I don’t know the exact number in the state, but it’s not as if no one of Hispanic origin showed to school that day.