Take our poll: Has Marco Rubio sold out conservatives on immigration?

In a respectful exchange of opinions, both sides of the “Marco Rubio immigration plan debate” were explored in an op-ed written by Erick Erickson, editor of RedState, and in a rebuttal that quickly followed from Rubio himself.

After making his case, Erickson concluded with the following:

Immigration is an issue that keeps hispanic voters from trusting the GOP. Many call it a “gateway” issue. I get that. But pandering in the name of a solution does not actually fix the problem. This is just another policy debate the Democrats can use to get the GOP to fight itself. The GOP should pivot to actually fixing the immigration problem, not just addressing the here and now.

Rubio countered with a lengthy response, including this about the conservative movement:

Before diving into the details of the plan, I want to take a moment to point out how the debate about immigration reflects positively on the conservative movement in general. Unlike the left, whose default tactic is to attack and destroy the personal character of those who disagree with their views, the conservative movement is capable of accommodating a vibrant internal debate on important issues solely on the merits. 

For the complete editorials from both men, read Rubio responds to RedState critique on immigration . Tell us what  you think.

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27 thoughts on “Take our poll: Has Marco Rubio sold out conservatives on immigration?

  1. Joe McKeanj says:

    Senator Rubio is a polished speaker and used that polish to sound conservative when he sought the office of Senator.

    Unfortunately, his actions show he is not a conservative. We need some polish remover. It is so sad for so many of

    us were counting on him. His record (actions) override his rheortic.

  2. RUSerious says:

    Let's not forget, the ever ignorant Rubio just voted against the President's choice for Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary, he cites six reasons for his vote – not one of them relates to the position and responsibilities of the Secretary of Defense. Rubio's dumb voting record speaks for itself. His immigration reform position changes with the wind, and currently he won't allow reform to proceed until AZ Gov. Jan Brewer clears the Feds of doing adequate southern border enforcement, when most illegal immigrants come to the US by air from Asia.

  3. "By Their Votes Ye Shall Know Them." Bottom line, how a politiican votes tells you where he is on the conservative/libertarian spectrum. Rubio is rated: The Club for Growth 97%; Heritage Action 96%; National Taxpayers Union gives grade A; Citizens Against Government Waste calls him Taxpayer's Hero at 97%; — and like that on our side.

    So, while you may speculate on the tricky immigration issue, he is attacking it head on looking for a real solution and based on his record in the Senate so far we should have confidence that he will not let us down. We need legal immigration and we must solve the problem of illegals here without giving them citizenship –he knows all that and is bravely working on the details to accomplish same.

  4. Canaryin the Mine says:

    Until Republican membership starts attending the monthly meeting of their local RNC, we will continue to have no platform, platform = issues + values. Are we for individual responsibility or nothing is anyones fault and those and can and do should pay the financial burden for those that won't or can't? We provide compulsary education but there is no penalty to either the provider nor the consumer if education doesn't happen. Number one item to a productive functional citizen? Education. Education supposedly prevents unwanted pregnancies, produces higher income earnings and gives an informed electorate to make wise ballot decisions. Barak Obama supporters make up events before they could possibly have occurred unless they time travel lmao. Our edcuators have subverted the Constitution for over 60 years; we have an electorate which can't tell you that liberty made America wealthy; they tell you the corporations have raped the worker. Teachers feel in their souls that they are raped daily for low income wages. They are Marxists, created by true Marxists at the university level. How is Mexico governed? They have a state owned energy company, they had restrictions against religion, sounds like communism. So they are importing uneducated, already trained at the very least socialists which they hope to tip our balance from liberty to the government rules all. Does Rubio believe in that? No but he too wants power and absolute power absolutely corrupts. So besides Republicans needing control of their party, they need to own their backyards and find a new mechanism to make politicians accountable to the People.

  5. johno says:

    What difference will it make how "conservative" the groups think he is, when the MILLIONS invading our country take all the jobs? He is IMPORTING POVERTY! Why should they get to stay? No more consequences for breaking the law……

  6. Rifraffe says:

    Side note inspired by our resident marxist blogger RUSerious: ANYBODY who votes to confirm Chuck Hagel as Secretary of anything, but especially Defense, should be impeached. Never has there been a more pronounced thumbing the nose at the American people than Obama's nomination of Hagel for this critically important post. Both men loathe the military, think there is no such thing as a "terrorist", and wish Israel would just vaporize. Rubio should be joined by every Republican and a majority of Dems to reject Hagel. As for Rubio's position on immigration there is no doubt he is more in touch with the Hispanic potential for the Republican party than most of us are. The problem needs a solution which has a strong border security component. Rubio is fighiting for that as well.

  7. Carol H. says:

    THIS MAN CANNOT BE TRUSTED. IF HE WAS SO HONEST, HE WOULD HAVE TRIED TO HELP FLORIDA TAXPAYERS WHEN HE WAS SPEAKER IN TALLAHASSE AND MADE EVERIFY A LAW IN FLORIDA ,..BUT NO HE DID NOT EVEN BRING IT UP TO THE FLOOR FOR DISCUSSION !! HE IS AN UP AND COMING RINO ..A YOUNG MC CAIN !!! NOW I SEE HE IS LOOKING TO SELL HIS HOUSE IN MIAMI AND BUY ONE IN D.C. WHO IS "BACKING" HIM?? MAYBE JEB?? ILLEGALS COST TAXPAYERS BILLIONS NOW ..CAN YOU IMAGINE WHAT THE COST WILL BE IF THEY ALL ARE ON THE DOLE ?

    1. ms moommist says:

      Carol H, your Caps Lock is on, I cannot hear you above all your noise!

  8. ms moommist says:

    What would you recommend johno? Deport them even though we don't know who they are? Or maybe just have Mr. Obama hit them with his drones? It is time to put a stop to illegals for sure, but the only way is to "shut the borders" and get the situation here at home under control. This is a starting place. And on another note, all the infighting among the conservatives is adding fuel to Mr. Obama's socialistic agenda.

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