Former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona, who is running for Senate as a Democrat in Arizona, commented that Marco Rubio‘s scaled-down version of the Dream Act is just a “political calculation” aimed and getting the Latino vote. The Progressive Latino agrees with Carmona and hopes that all Latinos, especially those in influential positions, see Rubio for what he really is: a Tea Party right-winger who is positioning himself as the voice for Latinos — and that is just not so.
He does not speak for nor represent Latinos when his positions are against the disenfranchised, the poor, the middle class Latinos who are struggling to get ahead. He does not speak for nor represent Latinos when the party he belongs to addresses immigration by attacking the undocumented worker instead of going after the root of the problem – the American business owner giving the jobs to immigrants. It’s not just about immigration or the Dream Act – note that Rubio voted against the Violence Against Women Act. Latinos, the Dream Act impacts a small percentage of undocumented Latinos: children who were brought to the U.S. by their parents, in other words, through no fault of their own. A portion of the Dream Act would provide citizenship to Latinos in the military! How can this small aspect of immigration be such a big problem for the Right?
Rubio is also not “squeaky clean.” The Federal Election Commission just fined his campaign $8,000 for accepting over $210,000 in improper contributions. This week, Rubio gave a foreign policy speech. Interesting, given he has no foreign policy experience. He played it as a moderate rather than just beating up on President Obama, thus creating speculation that as a moderate he is positioning for president in 2016 rather than VP in 2012. Just remember – he has publically taken hard-line, Tea Party positions so this latest move seems to just be toning down the rhetoric to appeal to the more moderate wing of the right and, more importantly, independents.
The Progressive Latino (TPL) is a blogger who established the blog “The Progressive Latino”. TPL believes the Progressive Movement is poised to transform America into a nation where every citizen has a “fair shot” as President Obama said, and that all citizens, especially those less fortunate have assured social and economic safety nets to carry them in their time of need. Although the U.S. Latino community makes up approximately 1 of 6 Americans, their voices are only beginning to be heard. Latinos can have a voice in their future. TPL seeks to inform, educate, enlighten and to advocate for progressive policies.