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June 21st, 2012
04:24 PM ET

Rubio predicts 'political ping-pong' after immigration change

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's change in immigration policy, unveiled last week, will only heighten the political gamesmanship surrounding the issue, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said Thursday.

Speaking on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer," Rubio said he and his colleagues in the U.S. Senate would have a harder time pushing through longer-term solutions after Obama's move.

The full interview airs on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" Thursday at 5 p.m. ET.


Filed under: Immigration • Interviews • Marco Rubio
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Doug

    Yesterday, in an interview with Marco Rubio, Wolf Blitzer demonstrated his and the left's Double Standard Politics. Blitzer asked Sen. Rubio if he thought he (Rubio) was qualified to become President. Wouldn't Sen. Rubio be just as qualified as Blitzer's main man Sen. Obama was?

    June 24, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
  2. Red Cajun

    Rubio is Cuban and does not understand the Mexican situation. His parents have the advantage that being Cuban they received automatic legal entrance into the United States. White Cuban Americans, while saying they are Hispanic do not identify with any Mexican or Central American Hispanic group. It makes me angry that CNN wheels Mr. Rubio out as a voice of Hispanics when in fact he is a voice against most Hispanics. Mexicans have never had the privilege of automatic acceptance into U.S. society without the stigma of illegal immigration. This, despite the fact that the average Mexican suffers much more than the average Cuban did under Castro. Most "refugees" from Cuba were white, privileged Cubans who lost their privileges under Communism.

    June 23, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
  3. manning El Paso, TX

    The GOP is for pure whites, they use guys like Rubio to serve then coffee, they would never back a Latino for VP, I am surprise they are backing Romney a Mexican American he dad was born in Mexico and was a citizen that make Romney first generation Mexican American..

    June 22, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  4. Doug Ericson

    I can't wait to see Rubio's hissy fit when he is passed over for VP by Romney.

    June 22, 2012 at 9:31 am |
  5. Legal immigration

    Rubio talks about how the President short circuited to passing a legislation. I would like to bring to your attention to how GOP senators are holding the immigration bill (HR3012) which was passed in the House last Nov 2011. My understanding is it was passed bipartisan. The senate version of the bill (S. 1983: Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2011) is now pending in the Senate Judiciary committee for the past six months. Senator from Iowa is holding up the future of 300,000 of legal immigrants. Let me mention again legal immigrants. It seems like there are more active advocates for illegal immigrants while the legal immigrants are drastically neglected. One is expected to be patient for > 10 years just awaiting for the coveted US permanent residency.

    June 21, 2012 at 10:45 pm |
  6. josh randall

    Has anyone questioned where Rubio was born? Let me start the birther rumor that he came from Cuba on a boat, instead of having been born in the United States. I have heard no comment from Republican or Democrat regarding his place of birth.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
  7. lisa

    im so tired of pandering to illegals for a vote. i have no problem with any race trying to improve their lives, but not when it affects my ability to get a job, get into a school and feed my children. the American Dream is dead! its now the foreigners dream. Asians and hispanics are buying up everything. I cant even get a job at mcdonalds because i dont speak spanish. i am so disappointed in the usa, and in Obama. i loved and respected him and proudly voted for him last election, but im not going to support him after this latest move. and exactly who is the middle class? its either the haves the hads or the never will haves. im in the second group we lost everything. now we have rented 4 homes in 3 years. im tired of moving because people dont pay their mortgages. yet we have responsibly paid our rent for decades. yet we dont qualify to buy. you guys dont even talk to me or for me anymore. no one does. maybe if i was gay or foreign id have a chance in my own country!

    June 21, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
    • Rick

      Lisa, perhaps you have not been told, "illegals" do not vote. To vote you need proof of citizenship and "illegals" don't have any so they cannot vote. Florida is currently harrasing anyone with a Spanish name to proof their citizenship so they are hoping, all Hispanics, won't vote.

      June 22, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  8. Griff

    "Is this so Important??? Quote: In Speech, Romney Takes Softer Tone on Immigration


    Speaking to Latino elected officials, Mitt Romney proposed granting green cards to immigrants who earn advanced degrees in America and giving legal status to immigrants who serve in the military. Unquote.
    "I'm sure the majority want the truth, and you cant please all of the peope, all of the time! I myself am lucky if I get to please just one in six."

    June 21, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  9. Aldo Martinez

    And is there anyone for illegal immigration?? Has anyone bothered to ask Rubio what he means ny "GOP is for legal immigration"? and keep asking until he is responsive to the question?

    June 21, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
    • Rick

      Rubio is not for anything but himself, he is upset because his meek plan for some kind of mini dream act was derailed by Obama's move.

      June 21, 2012 at 7:18 pm |

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