Rush Limbaugh Gets Wishy Washy About Immigration

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Is Rush Limbaugh going soft or sensible on immigration reform? The controversial talk radio host seems to have changed his tune after talking to 2016 GOP presidential hopeful Marco Rubio on his program this earlier this week.

On Monday, as a group of eight legislators hit Capitol Hill to propose new immigration measures, Limbaugh lambasted the idea. "We've done this before. We've done amnesty before," he said. "This immigration bill that everybody's touting on TV today is essentially the Bush immigration bill that was beat back in 2007."

That was before Florida senator and rising Republican star Rubio went on the air with Rush on Tuesday to outline the principles of their plan. Rush questioned him on the legitimacy of the reform, and asked how it would differ from President Obama’s plan and/or blanket amnesty.

While no official legislation has been drawn up yet, the bipartisan proposal addresses two major issues: Border security and the millions of illegal immigrants currently living in the U.S. Rubio says that without proper implementation of border security, he will not vote for immigration reform.

The senator also outlined a vision for how to legalize the people already here without deporting them and potentially splitting up families. They would be required to report themselves, pay back taxes, undergo a background check, and learn some English. They would then be issued a work permit and, after “a significant amount of time,” could apply for a green card. During the probationary period, they would not qualify for federal benefits like Social Security or Obamacare. They would also not be allowed to vote.

Rubio speaks with unique authority and personal perspective on immigration reform, as he is the son of Cuban immigrants who came to this country legally to make a better life.

So what did the frequently critical Limbaugh have to say about allowing illegal immigrants an option to stay in the country? He told Rubio, “What you are doing is admirable and noteworthy. You are recognizing reality. You are trumpeting it. You are shouting it.”

Is Limbaugh going soft on immigration, or recognizing the reality that Rubio points out: We have to do something. The principles outlined make common sense, and seem to be a good compromise between in the amnesty versus deportation debate. Rush continued his praise of Rubio:

Senator, it wasn’t that long ago when your message was what this country was, it wasn’t that long ago where your message was a winner, where your message defined this country, and I wish you all the best in reviving it. The country really does hinge on it, I think. That’s to you, and good luck.

Dealing with illegal immigration is no easy feat. It’s time to take a step back and listen to all sides of the equation. It would benefit us all to assume the best intentions and work together toward real reform. Heck, if Rush Limbaugh can do it ... we should all take a try.

What do you think about this tentative plan for immigration reform?


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SKDMo... SKDMom1020

No he isn't softening his stance.  It's just that this is the first plan in a long time that actually makes some sense.  Rush actually has a great understanding of how a government should work.  The problem is that he is very arrogant and rude.  Because of  that, the Liberals get so turned off by his attitude that they can't hear his message.

nonmember avatar Sarah

I agree with you, SKDMom, but I would not say he is "arrogant and rude." It's his schtick, and anyone who listens to him for long periods of time should be able to discern that. I used to think the same thing when my grandfather would listen to him, and I heard bits and pieces. Then I actually started listening for myself. It's called a sense of humor...something many liberals lack. He's one of the most generous celebrities in the world, something else you never hear about.

SKDMo... SKDMom1020

Sarah-your are right, what I should say is "he COMES ACROSS as arrogant and rude".  I personally get his sense of humor, and I love his points.  But I do think he can be a bit sexist.

wamom223 wamom223

I still think they could have done more.  I agree with a lot of its points but still don't think you should have to wait 12 years to become a citizen.  I am happy this went down the way it did because we need to ask Obama why he is against securing our border.  I mean all you have to do is watch one episode of border wars to know how out of control it is and I'm not even just talking about Mexico.  I had no idea we had such issues along our Canadian border and it was shocking to see how bad it is in some areas.  I lived in a small farming community where a lot of family still lives and they are overwhelmed with illegal aliens around farming season and as soon as winter hits the illegals go home.  These people obviously do not want to become citizens and just want to come to work and then go back to their country.  Why is it so hard to figure out a way for these people to do it legally?  What I really like about this plan though is it doesn't allow people who have broken the law to jump in line in front of people that have been waiting over a decade for citizenship.  I have a friend from Brazil in that situation and I just don't see how it benefits anyone.

Autum... Autumnleaves87

Sense of humor???

Yeeeeaahhhh. If you're into racists, sexist hypocrites.

Marco Rubio schooled that fat, pompous ass right from the beginning. And Rush knew it. The only way he could come out looking somewhat intelligent was to agree with him.. Funny how fickle he can be on his immigration stance, especially if it includes making the headlines.

...holy shit I just wasted my time on commenting about Rush Limbaugh. That's embarassing. Why are we giving him the time of day?

Autum... Autumnleaves87

Wamom: "These people obviously do not want to become citizens".

What an arrogant thing to say. "These people" DO want to become citizens. That's what this is all about! Why else would we be spending all this time working on legislation to make sure we don't just deport 11 million people back to their country. They want to stay. They want to work. We need to streamline that process, which is what this new reform does.

And you don't have to ask Obama why he isn't spending more money to secure our borders.. I can answer that. It's a money pit with the wrong message. (I will point out too, I'm pretty sure there's never been any measures he has taken to take away security from our borders) However, I do agree with you whole heartedly about making the path to citizenship a shorter and easier one. Seems like it would solve a lot of our problems..

wamom223 wamom223

Autumn your reading comprehension is off again.  I was talking about the illegals that come here to work only six months a year.  They do not want to be citizen's or they wouldn't take the risk of leaving to come back again and again.  These are people I have spoken with about this, over my lifetime I would say I have had that conversation at least 50 times with various people.  They love their country and their heritage and they do not want to give it up. They just want the work and the availability to bring their children with them when they come.  I have no problem with that at all.  There is no reason that we shouldn't allow people to come here and work easier than its being done now.  Let them pay taxes and not be in fear to call the police when they are robbed or be taken advantage of by their employer.  Also it is not a money pit that sends the wrong message at all.  You liberals do that all on your own.  Give them a path to citizenship and close the borders and they will be happy.  If we make it easier for people to come here to work and for them to become citizen the only people crossing the borders are going to be criminals. 

SKDMo... SKDMom1020

Amen wamom223.

nonmember avatar coco'smom158

I agree with Autumn Leaves on both points.

Felly... FellyScarlett

My dad was an immigrant from Mexico and he had to wait 20 years to vote. They can wait 12.

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