Trouble in Paradaise: Rubio Wants Dream Act & Romney Doesn't
It's clear that Marco Rubio is going to be the VP, but he's coming with his own agenda
Looks like Marco Rubio is taking this new found fame to his head and using it to the best of his ability. Now that he’s the top contender for the VP seat (a prospective running mate for Mitt Romney), he’s using it to influence policy already — particularly, the Dream Act.
Although Mr. Rubio’s version of the act wouldn’t actually give illegal immigrants citizenship, it would, however, provide some children of illegal immigrants the opportunity to obtain legal status. This comes as a shock to some, maybe even Mr. Romney, since Republican’s aren’t usually the ones offering up “legal status” to illegal immigrants. Furthermore, Mr. Romney said he would veto the existing version of the Dream act and even criticized Rick Perry for granting citizenship to illegal immigrants.
Mr. Rubio says that there are too many young immigrants that aren’t to blame for their situation and should still have the an opportunity at citizenship. “We have these very talented young people in America who find themselves in limbo through no fault of their own,” he said to reporters in his office.
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This is a very interesting way to play the game for Mr. Rubio. Since he’s fairly new to the national spotlight, he has a lot of potential. Also, because Hispanic voters are very important to Republicans, Mr. Rubio could be one of their only chances to make that happen — he may see this himself.
If you think about it, it would make perfect sense. Using his still hopeful seat as a VP, Mr. Rubio is telling Mitt Romney, “If you want me, you’re going to have to take this policy with you.” What’s interesting is that he doesn’t have the proposal completed yet — meaning that this could all blow over, he could accept the VP pick and use the news as a way to push something he would say he’s been for all along. It’s actually very clever. This could cause a ridge between Mr. Rubio and Romney. Mr. Romney has to stay strong in his conservative ways throughout this process since he's now the face of the party. His team says they're following Mr. Rubio's progress on this very closely.