Immigrants & Advocates Have Big Questions for New Presidential Candidate Rubio

Immigrants & Advocates Have Big Questions for New Presidential Candidate Rubio

Would President Rubio be a Supporter or Deporter? Many Latino Voters’ Support For Rubio Hinges on Citizenship, DACA, DAPA

MIAMI – As Marco Rubio is expected to launch his campaign for President this evening at Miami’s Freedom Tower, immigrants and advocates will protest outside, questioning his stance on immigration reform and deportations.

“I want to ask him why his parents could have the ability to come to this country for a better life, but not us?” says Maria Bilbao, an undocumented mother and Board Member of the Florida Immigrant Coalition. “Why don’t you support DACA and DAPA? Why have you been so harsh to the most vulnerable members of your own community?”

Karla de Anda, a registered voter from Miami asks, “Why should I trust you to support immigration reform, to defend my community and my family if you keep calling my community ‘illegal’ and if you deny the opportunity to come out of the shadows, be free, make progress and live with dignity?”

“After working on a real permanent solution to our broken immigration system in 2013 as one of the ‘Gang of 8’ senators, Sen. Rubio turned his back on the community when he faced criticism from the right and inaction in the House. Recently, he voted three times for a bill that would end DACA and deport DREAMers”, said Lupe Lopez, Executive Director of the Alliance for Citizenship.

“We look forward to hearing from Sen. Rubio about what he would do as President to advance immigrant rights and to provide a pathway to citizenship for all 11 million aspiring Americans who deserve the right to live, work, and stay in the United States.”

A new Latino Decisions poll released last week shows that Sen. Rubio’s current stance on immigration and other issues dramatically hurts his chances with Latino voters nationwide. This doesn’t bode well for Rubio, whose own pollster said recently that the GOP nominee would have to double their share of the Latino vote from the last election in order to win the presidency.