January 14, 2013
On Immigration, Rubio Recycles Bush (SCOTT GALUPO, January 14, 2013, American Conservative)
To salvage some sort of positive news from the fiscal cliff deal, in which taxes went up but spending didn't go down, it was said that the real winner was George W. Bush--with 98 percent of his tax cuts having been made permanent. If that's the case, then Bush 43 is winning again. This time, on immigration.Rising Republican star Sen. Marco Rubio revealed the basic outline of his stepwise plan to reform immigration law. The central question of any such proposal, of course, is how it deals with the 12 million or so undocumented workers who live here illegally: if not deport them, what then?Rubio's plan, according to a Wall Street Journal interview, is as follows:The special regime he envisions is a form of temporary limbo. "Assuming they haven't violated any of the conditions of that status," he says, the newly legalized person could apply for permanent residency, possibly leading to citizenship, after some years--but Mr. Rubio doesn't specify how many years.If that sounds familiar, it should. It was a central element of the Bush plan and its McCain-Kennedy congressional vehicle.
Ultimately, W's biggest problem turned out to be that he understood America better than it understood itself. We are simply on a journey back to where he was leading us in the first place.Posted by Orrin Judd at January 14, 2013 8:46 PM