Aren’t all Hispanics Democrats? Nope. Not in this case. However, most Hispanic voters tend to vote Democratic. Knowing this, Republican candidates must manipulate their political ideologies so they appeal to Hispanic voters – especially on the topic of immigration. Many Hispanics are immigrants, and they often have a strong connection to immigration issues. In this election, the topic of immigration will play a very dramatic role in the presidential outcome.
Marco Antonio Rubio is a Republican United States Senator from Florida, who whole-heartedly supports Mitt Romney. Though he is very conservative, he tries to appeal to both Republican and Latino constituents by blurring his political opinion on immigration. Despite his conservative stance, he agrees with many of Obama’s views on immigration. He goes both ways, in simpler terms.
Marco Rubio’s position on immigration emphasizes the notion of leaving the topic to the federal government. He believes that states should not have their own immigration policy, but rather our country should have only one national policy. He believes English is the de facto official language of this country and argues that migrant children deserve to have legal status, but not citizenship. He supports the GOP DREAM Act, which calls for visas for students going to college or joining any branch of the military. In addition, he allows undocumented students to pay in-state tuition, does not want illegal immigrants counted in the census, opposes granting amnesty in any reform, and supports full implementation of current border security laws.
Rubio was born to Cuban parents, so it makes sense that he supports immigration (to an extent, that is). Yet, he takes two completely different stances at times. He supports the DREAM Act (though he would make some adjustments) and believes that the Arizona law is discriminatory; however, he won’t count illegal immigrants in the census, which singlehandedly takes away their only form of representation in Congress. Being able to compromise is a great skill for politicians and so is the ability to understand other points of view. However, it is detrimental to voters to have a candidate that is so divided on a topic. Marco Rubio is an excellent politician, but he must stop contradicting himself. Voters need to know exactly whom they are voting for when it comes time to cast their ballot.