I don’t think there is a conservative out there that doesn’t agree with him on why people come to America. My regular readers will know I am first generation. I grew up almost exclusively around other new immigrants who left small towns in Scandinavia, who were in bad shape after decades of war and the aftermath, in search of a better life. I get it. I don’t know of one of them that came illegally. Not one.
My dad had to report to INS quarterly with pay stubs, he had to have a sponsor that had $15,000 in the bank. This was in the 50′s, just imagine how hard it was to find someone with that kind of money in the bank back then. He waited four years for his visa to be approved. He learned English and taught his children to be very understanding of the fact that growing up in this country was a privilege, not a right. I can’t tell you how rich I would be if I had a dollar for every time I heard “You don’t know how lucky you are to be born in America”.
Yes, Mr. Rubio, your parents worked very hard to give their children choices and options that were not quite available to them. How many laws did they break in order to do it? How many people had to wait that much longer to get their legal visas because of all the people who didn’t follow the rules were able to get a visa that has been unobtainable to them? (A family member of mine, being one). How many citizens salaries suffered because of your parents? Because even the CBO says that will happen for about a decade if this bill ever becomes law. The only ones making money off this will be the government. Great, we keep feeding the beast.
I was willing to walk this road with you Mr. Rubio if it meant we were going to get real reforms on the legal visa system and border security. But since we get neither with this bill………………only 25% of the flow of illegals will be stopped.
So yes Mr. Rubio, your speech was impassioned. But your vote sold out millions upon millions of Americans. I hope your parents are proud of that little fact.