In a move unfamiliar to almost any member of the GOP establishment, Senator Marc Rubio took both time and consideration to respond to readers over at RedState regarding his views on the immigration reform proposals currently being considered by members of Congress. This is the very thing Republican Insider said conservatives must do – get out in front of the message, and utilize the new media to do so. Whether or not you agree or disagree with Marco Rubio’s stance on immigration reform, you cannot deny how refreshing and inspiring it is to see a national politician willing to speak to the “little folks” throughout America. It is also interesting to note, that Senator Rand Paul has come out in support of the two primary considerations in Senator Rubio’s plan – border security and an exhaustive path to citizenship. Senator Paul insists Republican immigration hardliners must “evolve” on the immigration debate.
(Both Senator Rand Paul and Senator Marco Rubio are among best and brightest of the new Republican Party)
EXCERPT (via RedState)
Applying Conservative Principles To Immigration
I appreciate the opportunity to respond to Erick’s post last night regarding the principles for immigration reform I have recently developed. 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. RedState has always been a welcoming forum for that sort of debate.
First, let me identify the problem we face. We have a legal immigration system that doesn’t work, we don’t have an effective system to enforce our immigration laws, and we have by some estimates as many as 11 million human beings living in the United States without the proper immigration documents in a state of de facto amnesty. It’s a problem that has both political and economic ramifications on our nation.
Read the entire commentary by Senator Rubio HERE