Friday, January 15, 2016

One reason why Marco Rubio made no inroads against Ted Cruz

From the debate last night --

BARTIROMO: So your thinking [on immigration reform] has changed? 

RUBIO: The issue is a dramatically different issue than it was 24 months ago. Twenty-four months ago, 36 months ago, you did not have a group of radical crazies named ISIS who were burning people in cages and recruiting people to enter our country legally. They have a sophisticated understanding of our legal immigration system and we now have an obligation to ensure that they are not able to use that system against us. The entire system of legal immigration must now be reexamined for security first and foremost, with an eye on ISIS. Because they’re recruiting people to enter this country as engineers, posing as doctors, posing as refugees. We know this for a fact. They’ve contacted the trafficking networks in the Western Hemisphere to get people in through the southern border. And they got a killer in San Bernardino in posing as a fiance. This issue now has to be about stopping ISIS entering the United States, and when I’m president we will. 

BARTIROMO: Thank you, Senator. (APPLAUSE) 

 CRUZ: But Maria, radical Islamic terrorism was not invented 24 months ago; 24 months ago, we had Al Qaida. We had Boko Haram. We had Hamas. We had Hezbollah. We had Iran putting operatives in South America and Central America. It’s the reason why I stood with Jeff Sessions and Steve King and led the fight to stop the Gang of Eight amnesty bill, because it was clear then, like it’s clear now, that border security is national security.

Rubio's statement that Islamist terrorism scaled up as a threat within the last two years is preposterous. The 9/11 hijackers all came to the US on various visas. Cruz busted him on it. The Rubio bubble (Rubble?) is going nowhere.

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