Marco Rubio’s new immigration plan based on anti-Latino myths

After winning a historic 71% of the Latino vote in the 2012 election, President Obama is now preparing to follow through with a campaign promise years in the making, but consistently derailed by a broken Congress – comprehensive immigration reform. In response, right-wing Republican Senator Marco Rubio has come up with yet another anti-Latino immigration proposal.

Calls for responsible immigration reform may have been strengthened in part due to various anti-Latino statements made by Republican presidential candidates during the past election season, including one proposition to build an electric fence to fry Mexicans trying to cross the border.

Remember Herman Cain? Neither do we.

Marco Rubio’s “Ream Act” Lives

In response to President Obama’s plan, Republican Senator Marco Rubio has now resurrected his DREAM Act alternative, originally killed off following the president’s 2012 immigration executive order, which stopped the deportation of DREAM-eligible youth. Even then-presidential nominee Mitt Romney barely managed to give a tepid endorsement of the plan, which offered no path to citizenship for those seeking more than permanent residency.

As blogger John Aravosis once noted, a more suitable name for Marco Rubio’s then-plan would have been the “REAM Act.”

Marco Rubio

Sing it, girl.

Marco Rubio’s latest DREAM Act version — call it, the Ream Act II — has ballooned in its extremism, following the president’s huge win among Latinos. The plan is split into phases, including one featuring mass deportations and a literal round-up of remaining immigrants to be fingerprinted, fined, and forced to pay back-taxes.

To say the least, fiscal-conservative Marco Rubio makes no mention of how the deportations of perhaps thousands or hundreds of thousands of immigrants will be paid for. Conservatives are so worried that “socialized medicine” will result in three-month long waits for a doctor’s visit — well, just wait until you call the cops because someone’s breaking into your house and they’re all too busy fingerprinting Marco Rubio’s  11 million undocumented immigrants.

The second phase of Marco Rubio’s plan involves extending possible permanent residency to immigrants, but makes no mention of citizenship or the wait-time to achieve citizenship.

Marco Rubio Thinks Latinos Are Welfare Queens

Like most conservatives, Marco Rubio’s deeply-flawed plan assumes that undocumented immigrants are freeloaders who pay zero taxes, instead preferring to mooch off the government teat. While data shows that the biggest group of welfare recipients are in fact white Americans (39% nationwide), Marco Rubio and Republicans continue to perpetuate the myth that undocumented immigrants receive federal assistance, when in fact, they are ineligible to do so.

Because undocumented immigrants are blocked from receiving Social Security numbers (only citizens and permanent residents can do so), the IRS assigns them individual taxpayer identification numbers (ITIN), through which they are docked federal and state taxes. Undocumented immigrants also pay local taxes when making purchases at stores and local businesses, and property taxes if they own their home. But without those Social Security numbers completely unavailable to them, undocumented immigrants cannot collect federal assistance, including Social Security benefits, Medicare, and unemployment insurance.

In short: No Social Security number, no federal help.

The very taxes collected by the feds, state, and local governments from the paychecks and purchases of undocumented immigrants amounts to a staggering $11.2 billion dollars, with a sizable amount likely going into the very Social Security checks and Medicare coverage of those same anti-Latino Republicans.

“They pay sales taxes and property taxes – even if they rent,” adds the non-partisan Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy. “At least half of them pay income taxes. And, I believe, if they were ever legalized, close to 100% would do the same. Add this all up, and it amounts to billions in revenue to state and local governments.”

So much for moochers, Marco.

Gabe Ortíz is a San Francisco-based writer. He has contributed to the Mission's bilingual newspaper "El Tecolote," and the political blogs AMERICAblog, AMERICAblog Gay, and Veracity Stew. He's also a Stevie Nicks lover and shameless catlady. Follow him on Twitter: @Tusk81.

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14 Responses to “Marco Rubio’s new immigration plan based on anti-Latino myths”

  1. pjhnsn8 says:

    Marco Rubio does realize that neither his mother are his father were American citizens when he was born doesn’t he? You are still Cuban and when your parents came to this country they weren’t going to let Ricky Ricardo play Lucy’s husband, even though he was.. So don’t try to distance yourself from other hispanic immigrants, how do your mother feel about your actions?

  2. karmanot says:

    “A well regulated Guest Labor force could be provided for agriculture,” They use to call that slavery. My greatest worry at the moment is anchor trolls.

  3. karmanot says:

    Because: ” all offspring, if born in this country, would no longer be considered U.S. citizens at birth,” I completely disagree with opinion. All born in this country should be citizens. I am a firm believer in ‘The Dream Act.’

  4. Dave Francis says:


    Everybody can have a say in this illegal immigration controversy, by calling their federal and state representatives? President Obama is determined to give people who have no respect for our laws, a path to citizenship; even low key criminals. Zero-in on your politicians and demand they vote for passage of Texas Republican Lamar Smith “(The Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 2885)” to remove unauthorized workers from nationwide business by implementing mandated E-Verify. Both businesses and the American people overwhelmingly support E-Verify. Nearly 360,000 American employers voluntarily use E-Verify and over 2,700 new businesses sign up every week. The program quickly confirms 99.5% of work-eligible employees. It’s free, fast, and easy to use. With 23 million Americans unemployed or underemployed and unknown millions of illegal immigrants working in the U.S., now is the time to increase E-Verify. Then we MUST demand passage of the “Birthright Citizenship bill (Rep. Steve King, R-IA; H.R.140)”, which will collapse the intentional smuggling of the illegal unborn into the United States to collect hundreds of billions of dollars in entitlements from taxpayers by parents. Plus the parents have figured how to scam the child tax care credit $4 to 7 Billion dollars without paying anything, and the IRS ignoring this disgraceful theft. Way above the original figure of $113 Billion dollars is being extracted at state level, with many welfare programs that don’t exist for Americans and legal residents. The welfare state is flourishing for illegal aliens, freeloaders from many different countries and we get the bill?

    Called “anchor babies,” the children of illegal immigrants born/ smuggled into the United States cannot actually prevent deportation of their parents. It is not until they attain the age of 21 that the children are able to file paperwork to sponsor their parents (CHAIN MIGRATION) for legal immigration status. The cost is unbridled for the U.S. taxpayer who is charged with the free education, health care and low income shelter and cash payments. The parents remain illegally exposed until that point and deported. A well regulated Guest Labor force could be provided for agriculture, but not permanent residency. Plus the STEM program for technical professionals who wish to immigrate, but not unlimited numbers? The impoverished should not apply, as America has millions of its own under privileged. All the facts, the shocking costs to federal and mainly states welfare benefits, which the Liberal Progressives press, does not wish to be known at NumbersUSA website.

    Are we about to lose our rights, our guns to protect our families and a government influenced by the 7.billion annual cost for the United Nations; and the second illegal alien AMNESTY? The cost for this negative immigration application as reported by the Heritage Foundation ($ TWO TRILLION DOLLARS PLUS) for processing, retirement and pensions out of your taxes.

  5. David Farrar says:

    And why not, pray tell?

    ex animo

  6. Petra Fayedmanm says:

    So…we now have permission to steal from any non-citizen Latino? All we have to do is say we’re good people, need money, and are just making “undocumented withdrawals” from their wallets/purses/bank accounts?

    You know, since being “illegal” no longer matters.

    Plus I’m sure granting amnesty to 12 million law-breakers will keep future illegals out…right?

    And just think how it will help the economy to have 12 millions unskilled, non-English-speaking “new citizens”!

    In 30 years we’ll be as prosperous as…Mejico.

  7. karmanot says:


  8. karmanot says:

    Got that right!

  9. karmanot says:

    Marco Rubio: The new Dan Dan” Quayle

  10. mtblaze says:

    Well to be fair to Rubio… He’s never been the sharpest tool in the shed.

  11. davidfarrar says:

    In addition,this proviso is needed: During this 10-year waiting period, undocumented alien must wait to be naturalized, all offspring, if born in this country, would no longer be considered U.S. citizens at birth, but must under go naturalization at the age of majority, as would any juvenile not born in this country and illegally brought into the United States by the cardholder.

    ex animo

  12. Vejo says:

    “Republicans continue to perpetuate the myth that undocumented immigrants receive federal assistance, when in fact, they are ineligible to do so.”

    That may be technically true, but it is effectively false since once an illegal alien bears a child here, the family is then eligible for food stamps, WIC, health care (including dental), section 8 vouchers, etc. Just visit any public housing project and you will see many illegal aliens living there who have figured out this work around to tap into public benefits. It also helps if the mother of the child is “single”. But no one keeps track that the father is living with the family.

    I am no fan of Marsha Rubio or the Republicans, but the notion that illegal aliens are not receiving public benefits is completely false.

  13. JozefAL says:

    If only Cuban ILLEGAL immigrants had to suffer through the same process that OTHER Latinos do. Of course, Cuban ILLEGALS got to claim “political refugee” status and if they made it to the US mainland, they got to stay, (It’s notable that Guatemalans and Salvadorans who claimed “political persecution” during the 1980s–when fleeing right-wing death squads supported, in no small part by the Reagan Admin–were deemed “economic refugees” and deported. No one ever bothered to check the Cubans’ “financial” status before fleeing that “political persecution” even though Communism was as much an economic system as it was political.)
    And it would an intriguing report if someone investigated Marco’s parents to find out why they hadn’t yet become US citizens at the time of Marco’s birth. They’d been in this country for well over a decade (I want to say almost 15 years) when Marco was born but didn’t become *citizens* until Marco was about 2 or 3. The way I see it, Marco’s one of those “anchor babies” that the right-wing is so obsessed about. But, in his case, they seem to ignore the “problem.”

  14. caphillprof says:

    When it comes to Marco Rubio, there is no there there.

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