Rubio Blitzes on Immigration: Status Quo Is 'Horrible for US'
Also, Jay-Z 'needs to get informed,' missed opportunity in Cuba
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2013 11:55 AM CDT
Sen. Marco Rubio appeared on seven talk shows this morning.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – Marco Rubio is pushing immigration reform hard today, appearing on not one, not two, but seven talk shows today to build the case for it, reports Politico. Immigrants "will have to come forward and pass a rigorous background check," he said in making the case to conservatives. "If they’re criminals they won’t qualify. If they pass, they will be given an opportunity to pay an application fee and a fine and be given a guest worker permit allowing them to stay in the US, work, travel, and pay taxes.” Rubio contends the status quo is "horrible for America," and says the Gang of Eight's plan "is not a special path" and in fact enforces "consequences" for violators. Elsewhere in Rubioland:

  • On Jay-Z's Cuba trip: "Jay-Z needs to get informed. One of his heroes is Che Guevara. Che Guevara was a racist that wrote extensively about the superiority of white Europeans over people of African descent, so he should inform himself on the guy that he’s propping up."
  • And furthermore: "If Jay-Z was truly interested in the true state of affairs in Cuba, he would have met people that are being oppressed, including a hip-hop artist in Cuba who is right now being oppressed and persecuted and is undergoing a hunger strike because of his political lyrics. And I think he missed an opportunity. But that’s Jay-Z’s issue."
  • On North Korea: “What North Korea has is not a government. What North Korea has is a criminal syndicate.” Rubio says he's encouraged by John Kerry's progress with China, adding, "we're hoping the Chinese will recalibrate."
  • On the gun debate: "Guns are what people are using. But violence is our problem. I think this is a missed opportunity to have an honest and open conversation in this country about why these horrifying things are happening, not simply what they're using to carry this out, but why are people doing this to begin with?"

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Apr 15, 2013 3:12 PM CDT
I am so done with Rubio he is young John McCain another RINO playing for the camera. This gang of 8 is going to screw all of us. Republicans are so stupid to believe that being involved in these discussion is going to bring them one minority vote. And if they do believe that they are to stupid to govern. Any group that has that slim ball Chuck Shumer you know your going to take up the hind end. Let's face they are not Illegal aliens they are undocumented Democrats.
Apr 15, 2013 12:10 PM CDT
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Apr 15, 2013 11:43 AM CDT
What about the ones that wouldn't come forward? They will still be living in the USA illegally, and our wonderful pols will do nothing about it. Do you understand that our country is full up. Why do we have to become a third world country, just to appease bleeding hearts? Go back to your pew and pray for poor people that were born here and came here legally. If you are so charitable and love mankind so much, how about helping our own citizens first. And by the way, my wife was born in Guadalajara, and came here legally with her family decades ago.