The Hill (Op-Ed)
By Rocio Saenz
December 14, 2015
Many Americans thought the young U.S. senator from Florida, Marco Rubio (R), could be a leading voice for Latinos across this nation. Based on what we have seen during this presidential primary season, there could be nothing farther from the truth.
Rubio loves to remind voters of his family story – being raised by Cuban immigrants, having a father who worked as a bartender and a mother who worked as a hotel maid. It’s a story that he has a right to be proud of, the hard work of immigrants like his parents helped build this country.
But instead of honoring his family’s legacy, one of hope, opportunity, and endless possibilities -- Rubio has turned his back on his heritage. Time and time again he has looked at his Latino and immigrant brothers and sisters in the eyes preaching to be “one of them” and then walking away.
He has chosen to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Donald Trump and close his eyes to our nation’s promise – the promise that his family was fortunate enough to receive – to protect all American families. Whether in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, or Florida, Rubio has made it clear that he has forgotten where he came from. He has made his true intentions known: ending the Deferred Action for Children Arrivals (DACA) program as president, and no longer supporting immigration reform with a path to citizenship, but rather a radical hardline approach that hurts all American families.
He has called raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour “a disaster,” even though a rise in wages to $15 an hour would a huge boon to Latino families and communities and hundreds of well respected economists have said that raising wages to $15 would actually help stabilize the economy. According to a recent study by the National Employment Law Project, nearly sixty percent of Latino’s make less than $15.
As a result of these extreme Rubio-Trump policies, millions of families – who are working hard to educate themselves and to create a better life – will have to live in the shadows and in constant fear that their lives will be torn apart. These are not our values and this is not an America that our founding fathers would be proud of.
Marco Rubio is doing more than just supporting radical policies, he is encouraging the politics of hate.
The 32 million eligible Latino, Asian American, and immigrant voters and their families will not be fooled and will not forget the path Rubio has chosen. His policies of ending DACA and not supporting immigration reform with a path to citizenship are cheered by his party’s leader, Donald Trump, the man who wants to ban an entire religion from entering this country. A policy that carries such hate, that even Dick Cheney acknowledged it, “goes against everything we stand for and believe in.”
Tomorrow night during the GOP debate, when we hear Rubio tell the story of how he was raised by Cuban immigrants, who worked countless hours as a bartender and a maid, we will remember he isn’t one of us. We will make it known that he has betrayed all the people he claims to understand: everyday people who go to school, work overtime to make ends meet, go to church with their families’ on Sundays, and just want the opportunity to achieve the American dream.
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