Which explains, at least in part, Rubio’s evolution on immigration. And explains too why, though Rubio and Obama’s immigration proposals are practically identical, Rubio will not only distance himself from the president because of internal GOP politics but also because the man is rightfully wary.
I’m referring, of course, to the fight over the DREAM Act, which the president supported, Rubio opposed, and Congress rejected — setting Obama up to use executive power to suspend enforcement of deportation rules and allow millions of young people from all over the world to legalize their status.
Obama’s move came not in the wake of congressional action but just as Rubio — who had been hounded by Latino activists for his anti-immigration positions — announced that he was going to propose his own DREAM Act, one that did not include amnesty or a path to citizenship but would “accommodate” these undocumented young people.
Of course, Rubio never got a chance. Obama’s announcement made any proposal from the young Cuban-American a moot point.