Marco Rubio didn’t want to vet foreigners from terrorist-sponsoring countries, GotNews.com has learned.
Several of the 9-11 hijackers learned how to fly in South Florida but Marco Rubio– the state representative from South Florida–didn’t want to pass laws that restricted foreign students from coming to the U.S. without going through a vetting process.
Rubio’s past statements show us that he’s not being genuine when he says America can vet the Syrian refugees.
— Bloomberg Politics (@bpolitics) November 28, 2015
One of those post-9-11 bills that Rubio opposed was by Jacksonville Republican Rep. Dick Kravitz, who sponsored a bill to ban aid to students from countries that sponsor terrorism. GotNews.com has previously pointed out how Rubio opposed bills that would have deported illegal immigrants who committed crimes.
“I think the majority of people in Florida would say we don’t want to pay” for those students, Kravitz said at the time.
But Marco Rubio stopped that sort of common sense legislation because he didn’t want immigrants to be “targeted.”
Here’s how the Miami Herald described Rubio’s views in 2002:
“I’m concerned that by the end of the session, immigrant and foreign-born people who are here in this country legally won’t be able to get married without a struggle, get a driver’s license without being hassled, and won’t be able to go to school without being tracked,” said Rep. Marco Rubio, a Miami Republican.
Rubio led a successful charge last week to quash a fellow Republican’s bill that would have required all colleges and universities to submit “visa information” on foreign students to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The universities argued that it would be costly and that the Immigration and Naturalization Service is setting up a system to track student visas.
“I hope no one thinks we’re Captain America saving the world,” Rubio said. “I don’t believe this legislation would do much, and it’s part of what appears to be a pattern of legislation that targets people who are here to make their lives better and contribute to the good of the country.”
You mean like the wife of the San Bernardino shooter?
Rubio can’t really be trusted on national security matters. He’s a hawk one day and a dove the next.
Just take a look at these newspaper clippings:
Rubio Was Among Those Florida Legislators “Veering Closer To The Liberal Camp Of The American Civil Liberties Union” During The Aftermath Of 9/11. “Cuban-American legislators, a usually reliable bulwark of political conservatism, are veering closer to the liberal camp of the American Civil Liberties Union as Florida ramps up its war on terrorism. Mostly Republican and mostly male, the 13 members of the Cuban-American delegation are raising the loudest concerns as House and Senate leaders propose beefing up police powers and watering down the strongest public records laws in the country. ‘I can’t ignore the fact that a lot of people I represent came to this country because of the freedoms that make it what it is,’ said Rep. Marco Rubio, R-Miami. Rubio serves on the House Select Committee on Security, a panel quickly assembled after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and charged with reviewing all of Florida’s safety procedures.” (“Security Talk Stirs Painful Memories Of Life In Cuba,” Palm Beach Post, 10/19/01)
Rubio, In 2003: “In The Aftermath Of 9/11, Everything With Law Enforcement Was Terrorism-This And Terrorism-That.” “In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, state lawmakers last year unleashed an unprecedented assault on Florida’s tradition of open government. They approved nearly two dozen laws that made secret everything from the layout of government buildings to financial information used by businesses to get tax breaks. … Legislative leaders also predict greater restraint this year. ‘I think the atmosphere is less urgent and much calmer now,’ said House Majority Leader Marco Rubio, R-Miami. ‘In the aftermath of 9/11, everything with law enforcement was terrorism-this and terrorism-that.’ Rubio said that a newly released legislative study committee report will encourage restraint.” (“Floridians Will See More Open-Records Battles In This Session,” Orlando Sentinel, 3/2/03)
Rubio: “So Many Of These Measures That We Are Talking About Implementing Were The Very Same Ones That Were Forced On The People Of Cuba Right After Castro Took Over.” “The panel has gathered suggestions from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement that run the gamut from the seemingly innocuous – shielding security plans for public buildings – to the ominous – giving police secret arrest and detention powers. Rubio is willing to consider incremental changes to public records laws and has no objection to a proposal of creating a statewide database of terrorism suspects. But the idea of secret arrests raises the image of another bearded nemesis who has tormented Rubio’s constituents decades longer than Osama bin Laden. ‘So many of these measures that we are talking about implementing were the very same ones that were forced on the people of Cuba right after Castro took over,’ Rubio said.” (“Security Talk Stirs Painful Memories Of Life In Cuba,” Palm Beach Post, 10/19/01)
Rubio Said A Bill That Would Expand Detention Powers “Is Particularly Unsettling To His Cuban-American Constituents…” “In yet another sign of a deeply divided legislature, a House anti-terrorism committee decided Monday not to give state police sweeping new powers to detain witnesses or suspend public records laws. The House Select Committee on Security voted unanimously to postpone one of the most controversial measures (HB-109B) – giving police the power to detain a material witness for up to four days in terrorism investigations. A companion (SB-78B) is expected to pass the full Senate today. The House committee also voted to postpone consideration of another measure (HB-131B) that would give the Florida Department of Law Enforcement the authority to delay the release of virtually any public record for up to 21 days in terrorism investigations if it can convince a judge to go along. The decisions virtually assure that the measures will not pass the legislature before lawmakers adjourn a special session, possibly as early as today. Rep. Marco Rubio, R-Miami, said the detention bill is particularly unsettling to his Cuban-American constituents who still bear painful memories of President Fidel Castro’s security police and oppressive regime. ‘It’s a delicate balancing act that we walk here,’ Rubio said. It would give police the power to detain witnesses up to four days, but only after winning permission from a judge in a hearing that must be called within 48 hours. The witness would be given access to an attorney and would not be required to disclose the incident on job applications.” (“House Panel Stalls Police Power Bills,” Palm Beach Post, 10/30/01)
More to come…