The majority of the Hispanic and Latino population in the United States are of Mexican descent. Mexican-American, for the most part, heavily populate the southwestern part of the nation. Now that Florida’s Cuban-American Senator Marco Rubio is running for president, it is time to remember the facts and bring up history in an effort to remind ourselves how weak his leadership skills really are.
Sin No. 1: Senator Marco Rubio supported Arizona’s “papers please” law that would have directly affect brown-skinned Mexican-American and Latinos in Arizona with regard to SB 1070. He has not recanted his support for SB 1070.
Sin No.2: His support for immigration reform via the Gang of 8 changed when he reversed his position and backed out.
Sin No.3: Senator Marco Rubio did not take a firm stand against the RNC’s anti-immigrant policy adopted in 2012 that was essentially written and blessed by Kris Kobach. If Rubio cannot express strong leadership skills within his own party as a Hispanic-American, how can we trust he is able to run this Nation?
Rubio’s main Latino constituents in Florida are of Cuban descent, therefore we believe he does not understand, feel or hear the outcry experienced by Mexicans (living in the southwest) and other Latino groups who do not receive the privilege of automatic citizenship given to Puerto Ricans, or the immigration amnesty given to Cuban immigrants.
Currently, under the Cuban amnesty program, Cuban immigrants can receive at least one year of government entitlements once their foot touches American soil, without first contributing to tax paying system. Republicans have long forgotten that the GOP has, indeed, supported immigration amnesty for years under the Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA), while damning Mexicans and other Latino immigrants who do not receive Cuban amnesty.
Within the last decade the Republican Party has transformed since 2000, when they fought to keep Elian Gonzales as Latinos galvanized themselves in Florida. On the other hand, we have witnessed the GOP using Marco Rubio as a Trojan Horse today, as a tool to deport the Mexican equivalents of Elian Gonzales, and this will only serve to galvanize Latinos in the entire southwest against Republicans during the 2016 election cycle.
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Writer: DeeDee Garcia Blase National Tequila Party