Florida senator Marco Rubio is supposed to be the Republican party's great Latino hope, but an upstart Latino Republican group, Somos Republicans, has just dubbed Rubio "unfriendly to Latinos." The group claims that because of Rubio's Cuban-American "privilege" he fails to appreciate the important immigration issues facing the Latino community at large. For that he's ended up on their permanent "Unfriendly to Latinos" list.
Somos Republicans, which dubs itself the "fastest growing Hispanic Republican group in the nation" (though it hasn't quite developed into a power player in Republican circles) sent out the press release condemning Rubio, and also criticizing Ted Cruz, a Cuban-American Republican running for a senate seat in Texas in 2012:
Cuban-Americans Sen. Marco Rubio and candidate Ted Cruz will permanently wind up on the SOMOS REPUBLICANS unfriendly to Latino list because of their support for enforcement only policies against immigrants. They fail to recognize the privilege Cuban immigrants have over other immigrants that come here to achieve the American dream. Furthermore, both Rubio and Cruz are being supported by the same anti-immigrant crowd that supported JD Hayworth and both have been praised by extremist radio show host Mark Levin. We believe GOP Cuban-Americans such as Rubio and Cruz are being used as pawns by the nativist, anti-immigrant and Tea Party crowd.
Florida is experiencing fast growing emerging groups from Columbia, Central America, and etc. Indians, Columbians, Peruvians, Central Americans, Mexicans, Irishmen, Canadians, Asians, Russians, and etc. do not have the privilege of the wet-foot-dry-foot policy as they try to flee their government to pursue the American dream. Most Cubans are able to receive federal assistance provided by tax payers for a short time once their foot touches American soil, and then they are on parole for one year before becoming a permanent resident. Unfortunately, both Rubio and Cruz are also putting 30,000 Cuban families that have slipped through the cracks and they are also at risk with regard to enforcement only policies.
Those are some pretty damning accusations. It should be noted that Somos Republicans have dubbed local Republican congressmen Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen as "friendly to Latinos."
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