I have a dream 2
Not being oversold on Senator Rubio, his floating ideas toward new immigration legislation plays to 1) his knowledge of law and formulating law, 2) his knowledge and experience with immigration from representing the affected community, 3) being a need for compromise.
The Washington Post article by Peter Wallsten, “Marco Rubio’s Dream Act alternative a challenge for Obama on illegal immigration,” reports that the Florida Senator floated ideas that may have appealing substance to both Latinos and President Obama. Initiating compromise would demonstrate legislative strength and help Republicans escape from the box there in, appearing hostile to immigrants.
If it isn’t on paper yet, is it at Google Doc or on the iPad? Where is it floating?
“Rubio has not put his plan on paper, but his office describes it as an “alternative” to the Dream Act that would legalize certain young people who came to the United States while they were children. The measure would grant non-immigrant visas so qualified young people could remain in the United States for college or to serve in the military.
The plan puts Obama in a box. Democrats are reluctant to see Rubio’s efforts as anything other than a political gambit to repair his party’s tarnished image with Hispanics and boost his own profile as a potential vice-presidential pick or future White House contender.
But if Obama does not at least try to work with Rubio, he could risk losing a centerpiece of his appeal to Hispanic voters — that he is their fiercest ally in Washington and that the GOP is to blame for lack of action on fixing the country’s immigration ills.
White House resistance to Rubio threatens to escalate criticism from Obama allies frustrated that he was unable to deliver on a broad immigration overhaul and angry that his administration has deported more than 1 million illegal immigrants.”