Marco Rubio misleads about options to mass deportations, ignores "self deport"

Yesterday, Florida senator Marco Rubio tried yet again to mislead, this time by engaging in what's called around here the deportations false choice (see that link for an explanation of that misleading tactic).

Per this [1]:

I asked Rubio about the word “amnesty” being used by foes, especially on the right, to try to kill his bill.

“Amnesty means the forgiveness of things," he replied. "Amnesty means there’s no consequences for doing something. There’s a consequence for violating the immigration laws in our bill. You pay a pretty significant fine; you have to wait a significant amount of time. We’re not going to round up 11 million people and deport them. They work for cash, they have kids who are citizens, they access state-level benefits. Right now, it’s de facto amnesty and it’s really bad for the economy.”

Rubio said he challenges opponents of the bill “to come up with an alternative. What’s their alternative? To leave things the way that they are? To round up 11 million people and send them back to the country of their birth. Then they should propose that.”

In addition to engaging in the deportations false choice canard (please do see the link), he's also using reform not amnesty and in general promoting bad policy. For an explanation of why that's bad policy, see comprehensive immigration reform, and the posts and summaries of the Marco Rubio, and Rand Paul pages.

In fact, Rubio knows there's an alternative because he defended Mitt Romney proposing one such alternative (link):

Marco Rubio on Thursday defended comments Mitt Romney made earlier this year about the likelihood that undocumented immigrants would self-deport if the federal government cracked down on illegal immigration.

"I've never understood self-deportation, in what the governor has presented, as a policy. It's not a policy," Rubio told reporters during a breakfast meeting hosted by The Christian Science Monitor in Washington, D.C. "I think it's an observation of what people will do in a country that's enforcing its immigration laws."

Obviously, it is a policy but moreover it's a demonstrated effect. "Self deport" - more properly known as attrition - is the official policy of the state of Arizona (due to SB1070) and was presented by Romney was his immigration policy (even if he didn't mean it).

Want to do something about all this? Look up Marco Rubio fans and send that last link to them. And, hold any of his leading supporters accountable for his plans.

[1] The "I" in the first quote is Jon Ralston; via mediaite . com/online/
Rubio also allegedly met with GOP sugardaddy Sheldon Adelson.