Marco Rubio’s cowardly and failing immigration record 

Throughout his career in the Senate, Marco Rubio has consistently failed to stand up for immigrant communities when they needed him most, and recent events show that his failures are a constant disappointment to Floridians.

In the past few weeks Rubio outright admitted that he wouldn’t support members of Florida’s Venezuelan community in their effort to get permanent status for Venezuelans who fled their country. Now as Ron DeSantis begins implementing new policies to crack down further on immigrants in Florida, raising fears of discrimination, Rubio is staying silent – too weak to stand up to his own party.

“More immigrants call Florida home than almost any other state in America, and they deserve leaders who will fight for their rights, not spineless politicians like Marco Rubio who abandon them to score political points. As Haitian, Venezuelan, and other immigrant communities across our state call on their leaders for help, Rubio is sadly too weak to step up,” said Florida Democratic Party spokesperson Jose Parra.

More on Rubio’s cowardly & failing immigration record here:

  • In 2013, Rubio abandoned a comprehensive, bipartisan immigration reform proposal he once supported.
  • In 2015 during his presidential run he again said he supported a pathway to citizenship, then reversed course and said he wouldn’t even consider supporting a path to citizenship during his presidency.
  • Rubio frequently appears on right-wing news outlets such as Fox News or the Washington Examiner to claim that now is a bad time for a pathway to citizenship, saying it would be “one of the worst things they could do right now” — but it’s been years and there never seems to be a right time.
  • In order to justify his opposition to a pathway to citizenship, Rubio hid behind false claims that Americans opposed it, despite multiple polls showing that Floridians have consistently supported a pathway to citizenship.
  • In recent months, a diverse group of Floridians ranging from members of the clergy and business leaders to university presidents have staged protests and written open letters urging Rubio to support the DREAM Act, but were met with silence.

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