Refuting Rubio Myth vs. Fact – No “Special Path” to Citizenship

Since the introduction of the Senate’s massive amnesty plan earlier this month, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has led an all out campaign to silence critics of a bill that will extend legal status to 12 million illegal aliens. Part of this effort is a series Myth vs. Fact releases on his official Senate website.

The Myth v. Fact pages amount to talking points developed by the Gang of Eight. The attestations essentially ignore what’s written in the bill and assume that people don’t have the time or knowledge to refute Sen. Rubio’s claims – having flashbacks to the healthcare debate?

Here’s is the first in a four-day series of some of the myths Sen. Rubio’s pushing on his website compared to the actual language and potential impact of the legislation Sen. Rubio and the Gang of Eight are ramming through the Senate.

No “Special Path” to Citizenship

Rubio Speak

No one gets amnesty. Unless we continue to do nothing, this bill will eliminate today’s status quo de facto amnesty in which we have 11 million undocumented immigrants here and don’t know who they are, what activities they’re engaged in or anything else about them. On day one, no undocumented immigrant is rewarded with anything.

The Truth about Rubio Amnesty

  • An amnesty occurs when the penalty for committing a crime is waived. The penalty for being illegally present in the United States is deportation and a three or ten year bar from applying to reenter, depending on the length of time one was illegally present in the country.
  • Illegal aliens who have committed identity theft or fraud, or have filed a false tax return will not be held accountable. Illegal aliens can have up to three misdemeanor convictions and still qualify. Even illegal aliens who have already been deported are eligible for amnesty.

Rubio Speak

What happens on day one is the clock starts running on meeting the mandatory security triggers – implementing an effective border security plan, mandatory employment verification for all businesses, and full implementation of an exit system.

The Truth about Rubio Amnesty

  • Once the bill is passed, DHS has six months to come up with a plan to secure the border – a plan! DHS doesn’t have to actually accomplish any of these things before amnesty kicks in and it is unlikely that any of the so-called triggers will ever be met.
  • The border was supposed to be secured after the 1986 amnesty.
  • Legislation to establish a biometric entry/exit system was passed in 1996. This bill actually weakens existing provisions for an entry/exit system, failing to address serious national security concerns.
  • Legislation to establish an electronic employment verification system was passed in 1996. Rubio’s bill repeals E-Verify and then creates a new system with loopholes for employers who hire “intermittent” workers and failing to require employers to check work authorization for existing employees.

Rubio Speak

Once the border security plan is in place, undocumented immigrants will be able to come forward, must submit to and pass background checks, be fingerprinted, pay fines, pay taxes, prove gainful employment, go to the back of the line, and prove they’ve had a physical presence in the U.S. since before 2012, among other measures. They won’t get any federal benefits. And if they meet all these requirements, they will earn a temporary status that allows them to work. If they don’t they will be deported.

The Truth about Rubio Amnesty

  • Once Janet Napolitano submits a plan to secure the border maybe within ten years, illegal aliens get instant amnesty, but they don’t go to the back of line. The back of the line would be in their home countries, where millions of foreigners (about 4.7 million) are waiting to come to the United States.
  • The cutoff date to receive amnesty is December 31, 2011. This is a stunning concession to amnesty proponents and signals Sen. Rubio’s intent to grant amnesty to virtually everyone, including those who have already been deported.
  • There is no requirement that any documents submitted as part of the application for amnesty be verified by anyone other than the DHS adjudicator. DHS will be under political pressure to quickly process and approve almost all applications, as they were in 1986.

Comments

  1. avatar Mandy says:

    If this grants amnesty to illegals in the US up to 12/31/2011, how will the US handle anyone here in the US from 1/1/2012 forward. Since I read that illegals are streaming across our southern border now, hoping to get in under this amnesty bill, it is very logical that we will still have a problem after this bill passes. We should be insulted that our legislators believe we are total dolts. We need to vote as many as we can out of office in 2014. Then perhaps they will begin to legislate on our behalf and not for people that aren’t citizens.

  2. avatar Sue says:

    Thank you Aaron. You’re correct that this bill is needed and yes it’s about time. Thanks to Rubio, Obama, Ryan and all others who understand the real issues.

  3. avatar LC in Texas says:

    #1 Secure borders
    #2 Stop incensitive (welfare, birthright babies, free school, free medical, free retirement, ect.) all on taxpayer dollar.
    #3 Birthright babies – reason for law? Baby is the product of the parents, illegal parents = illegal baby! Change the mistaken law that was placed by incompetent administration.

    This will solve many problems that we are experiencing in the united States of America.

  4. avatar lynn says:

    I find all of this legislation, a complete and royal waste of time. It is clear that this legislation, no matter how it is crafted piecemeal or otherwise, will exclude, according to advocates of immigration reform, too many immigrants i.e. 125% above poverty line earning to applying for welfare. That is why deportation, either via self or government mandated, makes a lot more sense. Our policymakers are too concerned with their images and political futures they are jockeying for ‘approval’ from prospective voters, they have lost sight of their true constituents’ needs, demands and rights. We, the opponents of amnesty and pathway to citizenship, must all collectively remind them that the direction they are going in, is fundamentally wrong and just plain bad policy!

  5. avatar Art says:

    Just because a mexican lived on an island and puts on a suit doesn’t mean he’s not a mexican anymore. Rubio and most south of the border have no regard for the principle of law. That’s why Mexico is Mexico. We are importing baggage from Asia, Africa, the psychotic middle east, and South America. What’s it going to be like for our children and grandchildren?? Support FAIR any way you can.

  6. avatar cindy says:

    Only in America, illegal can get everything for FREE. What a joke! Immigration reform needs to be blocked, it is unfair for people that came here legally and followed the laws.

  7. avatar perincheri gopinathan says:

    Rubio says “unless we continue to do nothing, this bill elminate today’s status quo de facto amnesty”
    This statement is not correct. Under the status quo, the illegals cannot travel abroad and return to U S A.
    If the bill is passed and the amnesty is granted, the illegal immigrants can travel to their native countries and bring more of their relatives.

  8. avatar JuneUSA says:

    No immigration until the ones who are here illegally are accounted for. We cannot handle mass immigration. This is just another scheme by the democratic idiots ,who care nothing for our country, to take complete control of America and destroy it. Why are we putting up with this? I haven’t heard one word of what they have planned on how to feed them, where they will live, or where they will work. Let’s unite to stop immigration now and change the laws to make sure Americans are safe. No to amnesty, No to mass immigration. It does nothing for us but destroy us.

    • avatar jhf says:

      If the Democrats who support amnesty are “idiots”, would you agree that Republicans, like Rubio, who support it are also “idiots”?

      • avatar SDS says:

        Yep. It doesn’t matter what the letter is behind the name. An idiot is still an idiot. There are plenty more Republicans in that category with most of the idiot Democrats. I’d be happy throwing them all to the curb and starting over.

  9. avatar JuneUSA says:

    No immigration until the ones who are here illegally are accounted for. We cannot handle mass immigration. This is just another scheme by the democratic idiots ,who care nothing for our country, to take complete control of America and destroy it. Why are we putting up with this. I haven’t heard one word of what they have planned on how to feed them, where they will live, or where they will work. Let’s unite to stop immigration now and change the laws to make sure Americans are safe. No to amnesty, No to mass immigration. It does nothing for us but destroy us.

  10. avatar Aaron says:

    Perfect bill. It was about time….

    • avatar anazunigamaus says:

      I am a Hispanic immigrant myself and that bill is the most ridiculous bill I have seen. You cannot reward illegal behavior, wit out getting more of the same and that is exactly what happened after the 1986 amnesty and it will happen again with this one. What Washington needs to do is enforce current laws, you know, the ones they promised to enforce in 1986 and never did, and we need e-verify mandatory nationwide, with stiff penalties and jail time, to all of those who choose to break the law, weather they have one employee or many. We need to end birthright citizenship and all the benefits the illegals get, through their anchor babies. We need to end ALL AND EVERY ONE OF THE INCENTIVES THAT BRING THE ILLEGALS HERE, like free medical, free schooling and many more. Until we stop all of this, they will find ways to come in, regardless of how secure the border is. Closing the border helps, but to cut the problem from its roots, we need to end all the incentives.
      If we waited on real lines to respect the laws and come legally, those who choose not to do it, do not deserve the American dream.

      • avatar Ray N says:

        Aaron Great I agree with every thing you said. My Dad came form a foreign county had to learn English pass a test . When there where no jobs to get somethimes they had to work on the WPA.

        • avatar Pat J says:

          Ray, it wasn’t Aaron that explained why we shouldn’t Amnesty the Illegal Aliens. It was anazunigamaus !

  11. avatar Larry Brown says:

    Amnesty for 12-20 million undocumented Democrats is absolutely essential to Obama’s plan to fundamentally transform the U.S. into a third world socialist nation. Amnesty would end the power of the middle class and the GOP forever.

    • avatar jhf says:

      I don’t necessarily disagree, but why do some many (a majority?) GOP politicians support it?

    • avatar Ruthie Smith says:

      Larry Brown, You are so right and it sucks for middle class American Citizen’s. Rubio acts like he is already president and he wants to lay out the rules. Obama wants to load the United States with many immigrants and make American’s (he hates) suffer and be Government dependent. If the Amnesty Bill is passed for the 12 million that they claim are here, there are that many more wanting to cross the border. The GOP needs to step up and act like they have some balls, they all act like they are terrified of Obama and that includes Congress and the Senate, all but one man, Rand Paul, He is busting their butts with the Benghazi Investigation, Hillary was caught in so many lies and was confronted yesterday and she tried to lie again and again, that is all Obama and Hillary does, lie lie lie.
      Illegals needs to go home, Amnesty has already failed two times and all the people were sent back to their Country.

      • avatar Pat J says:

        Ruthi Smith, you are so right. Why aren’t the Republicans speaking out? I still believe Mitt Romney would have done something to secure the border and stop any form of Amnesty. What is wrong with our politicians that they want to ruin the country? This is happening so fast no one has a chance to do anything about it! The only ones marching and protesting are the Illegals…why aren’t they being arrested and deported? That’s our Homeland Security for you…they are listening to the BO Administration and Eric Holder and all of them should be tried for TREASON!

  12. avatar levotb says:

    An excellent piece, Eric! Kudos for mentioning the fact that not only will Rubio’s bill get rid of E-verify, but that the 8-10 million illegals working for a paycheck can continue doing so as their employers will still not (by Federal law) be able to check on their (current employees’) immigration status.

    • Remember, A NATION DEVIDED WILL NOT STAND.
      Our country has become an evil country, therefor God has left us, as he left Israel many moons ago.
      We are now left with the Devil, who rules the earth. He is having a field day,.
      WAKE UP PEOPLE< OPEN YOURE EYES AND SEE WHAT IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING
      My heart goes out to our government, period, Pay up day will come, and pretty soon
      Thank you!!!!!!!!!
      Willie

  13. avatar Concerned Citizen says:

    This is a lousy plan for the country and it’s lousy for the GOP, which makes Rubio a lousy presidential candidate on both fronts.

  14. Open Border Folks Remind Me of Subpar Magicians

    They try to fool us with their amnesty magic act for border security and law enforcement, but we all know the magician is faking the deception. Its all for amnesty.

  15. avatar Leland says:

    I believe there was a study done after the 1986 amnesty that showed the number of people amnestied in California under the agricultural workers program was equal to the total number of workers engaged in agriculture in that state, meaning there was massive fraud. Some interviewers noted that some applicants claimed strawberries grew on a tree. Yet the applications were all rubberstamped.

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