Rubio Talks Immigration, But Not Marriage or FADA, in Iowa

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

This past Saturday, Senator Marco Rubio spoke at the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa, where he began by explaining how he believes the United States should be handling the issue of immigration. With regards to border security, E-Verify, and those who overstay their work visas, Rubio’s comments largely reflect APIA’s 5-Point Conservative Immigration Plan:

There are two steps. The first is we have to secure our borders. And our border is not just our border with Mexico. We also have to secure our airports and seaports. 40% of people in this country illegally, come legally. We have no idea who they are, because we only log you in. We don’t log you out. . . And the other thing we need is an electronic verification system, E-Verify, for employers. We have to create a system where employers can reliably be expected and demanded to check and ensure that the people they are hiring are not illegally here.

When asked what to do concerning the 11 million immigrants already in the country, Sen. Rubio responded that a discussion couldn’t begin until we “secure the border” and “modernize immigration”:

Every year the United States permanently admits one million people, on the basis that they have a relative living here. It cannot be on the basis of a relative. It has to be on the basis of what you can contribute to the country. Are you coming to be an American or are you coming to live in America?

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Cruz: Defends Life, Fails to Defend FADA

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

This past Saturday, at the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa, Texas Senator Ted Cruz firmly spoke out against Planned Parenthood, over recent allegations that the organization profits from the sale of tissue taken from aborted fetuses:

The video that surfaced in the past week…was gruesome and disgusting, and every American should watch that video and simply say: ‘Are those my values?’

Cruz continued:

The U.S. Department of Justice should open an investigation and prosecute Planned Parenthood. Local prosecutors should investigate Planned Parenthood affiliates in their jurisdictions, and Congress should hold hearings, and we should cut off every penny of taxpayer funds.

When asked about the recent Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, Cruz responded:

The Supreme Court’s decision on marriage was naked judicial activism, lawless, and fundamentally illegitimate. It was sad to see…more than a few 2016 candidates publicly saying, ‘it’s the law of the land, settled, surrender and move on. There is something profoundly wrong when Republicans running for President are reading from Barack Obama’s talking points. I have been proud to defend traditional marriage my entire life.

Turning to religious liberty, Cruz affirmed his view that the 2016 election will be a key event in the fight for religious liberty:

Next up in the crosshairs is religious liberty. I’ve spent three decades fighting to defend religious liberty. I will never shy away from defending the religious liberty of every American.

Like many other conservatives, however, Ted Cruz is defending religious liberty in principle, but not saying what he would do that would make a difference. Continue Reading

Walker Fails to Endorse FADA, Stands Strong for Life

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (photo credit: Michael Vadon via Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker joined several other candidates in attending the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa on Saturday for a rigorous Q&A session on his views.  First, Walker was asked about his commitment to defending marriage, a discussion which branched into the need to protect religious freedom:

I believe that we should support a constitutional amendment to allow states to define marriage as being whatever they see fit.   In my state and many other states, what we did was one man and one woman, and I think we should put that in place and I support that.

Another thing that I think is important is that we should have a President who is willing to fight to support religious freedoms in this country.  That’s something inherent already in the United States’ Constitution, and it’s something I fought for in my state and something the next President should fight for.  It’s not freedom from religion, it’s freedom of religion, and that means we should have the right to practice our religious beliefs in this country.

Question:  So if Mike Pence were to come to Wisconsin with his legislation, would you support the Indiana legislation in Wisconsin?

Walker: In our case, it’s even better in Wisconsin.  We have it in the state’s constitution.  We have language that has codified, I think more specifically than what they talked about there, and has been some time in the state’s constitution.  We’ve lived just fine with that legislation, and I’ve been supportive of our constitution, just like others have been before me.

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