Marco Rubio says he is championing comprehensive conservative immigration reform. It features penalties for those who are here illegally, and a plan to strengthen the border. Ted Cruz was 1 of 15 Republicans who voted against allowing the Schumer-Rubio Immigration Reform Bill to come to the floor for debate. Cruz lost that battle 84-15. Mitch McConnell and the #2 in the Senate John Cornyn said they will propose and amendment that the border must be secured first and then they will do the other stuff. Cruz is on the record saying illegals should not be offered any pathway to citizenship. So there are 3 groups of conservatives talking immigration reform. But what is the conservative way?
Ted Cruz would have to be the correct answer. If you break our laws, there should be no reward for that. It incentivizes other people to break our laws in hoping we soften our position and show mercy on them too. However the hardline Ted Cruz way, like most hardline political positions, is a loser. 90% of our callers will scream about fighting for what is right and not giving into the liberals. But that isn't what makes a free society work. We have plenty of people on the right who believe we should disband the entire military and return to a voluntary militia for our nations defense. That schools should be run like they were before government stuck their nose in and let communities do whatever they see fit for the kids. Not only scrap Obamacare, but medicare, medicaid and social security too. Perhaps some of these ideas seem crazy to you, and others seem appropriate. The point being if our nation was as conservative as the far right wanted there would be no government at all of any kind, because people should all be self reliant. Of course we have the far left who thinks profits of any kind are evil, and all people should be cared for as a community. Both extremes complain that their side is caving if anything less than their ideal is achieved.
I believe American's as a whole lean slightly conservative. There is an entrepreneurial spirit about this place that attracts immigrants who have the same feelings. Look how many immigrants own their own restaurants, cleaners etc. If you were born in America chances are not too far down your family tree you had some people with that spirit who came here for the same reason. Notice I said slightly conservative. Most American's believe that the elderly or infirmed should be cared for. That we should help those who are temporarily unemployed. That we should link the nation together with highways and flight paths. In other words we like having limited government in our lives.
So when thinking about solutions to problems our country puts together elected officials on all sides of an issue with the hope that all voices will have a seat at the table, and by hearing all voices we can craft laws that meet most peoples wants.
On immigration I believe Rubio has done that. The left would like boarder security done away with. The right would like an electric fence with machine gun tourettes every hundred yards. Neither will happen, because most Americans don't want either option. So what is the slightly conservative answer? It's to get tighter security. The perfect time would have been in 1986 when Reagan was signing immigration reform. A good time would be now. But neither is possible. You can huff and puff and make all the noise you want about it, but you don't and you won't have the votes for years to get anything done. So we can leave the problem of a porous border in it's current state for a decade or more, or start fixing it in 2014. With a deadline of 2019 (5 years) to meet all the goals set for the border. That's part of Rubio's plan (see page 14) which starts collecting the penalties and taxes from illegals and uses those funds to start working on border security. You're never going to get everything you want out of the way our country is run because 300 million other people have different ideas on what would be perfect. I suggest you see what options are available and pick the one closest to what you want. Ted Cruz's option isn't really available.