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News Tuesday, Oct 20 2015

Rubio, Trying To Trump Donald, Signs On To Vitter Anti-Immigrant Bill

Oct 20, 2015

So much for Marco Rubio saving the GOP from Donald Trump and the rest of the presidential field’s runaway anti-immigrant rhetoric.

Today, the Senate is taking up a Marco Rubio co-sponsored bill — a bill “favored by the party’s staunchest immigration opponents, to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities,” according to Politico. The bill’s “spearheaded by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), one of the most hard-line opponents of looser immigration policies,” and Marco Rubio wants everyone to know that he’s all-in: His campaign spokesman touted that Rubio rushed to co-sponsor the bill at the very earliest possible moment — “as soon as it was available,” Politico reported.

Marco Rubio’s tried to play up his potential to win over Latino voters, but he looks to be abandoning that effort entirely.

Rubio surpasses Donald Trump in rhetorical elegance, but his far-right actions are just as jarring — and today, he’s casting his lot with some of the GOP’s most extreme, anti-immigrant hardliners. And this isn’t just a political stunt: Rubio’s missed 30% of his votes this year, and has yet to make it to a vote in October, so all the more reason to take his active participation in anti-immigrant politics seriously.

Published: Oct 20, 2015

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