Rubio Weighs in on Immigration, But Flavor is on Primary

Rubio Weighs in on Immigration, But Flavor is on Primary


Keeping a close eye on the upcoming Florida primary, Politic365 recently attended a “constituent coffee” and meeting where Senator Marco Rubio interfaced with job creators, workers, and community leaders in Orlando.  The Senator, who is being whispered about as a possible future running mate to the eventual Republican nominee, discussed an array of issues, with a considerable amount of attention spent on economic concerns.

The foreclosure crisis continues to resonate deeply with Floridians struggling to keep a roof over their heads. For Rubio, the solution to the foreclosure crisis lies in the employment crisis.

“I believe and I know, for a fact, that if the economy turned around and people started making more money, people could afford to make their payments.” Rubio told the crowd. “The number one thing you can do to stop foreclosures is to get people working.”

On immigration, Rubio expressed concern for the plight of undocumented immigrants, posing questions about the future of immigration reform. “What do you do with nine to eleven million people that are here without documents?” Rubio asked rhetorically. “What do you with that population?”

But, beyond acknowledging the complexity of the issue, Rubio was short on solutions. “There’s no easy answer,” Rubio said “because in one hand you can’t grant nine million citizenships and on the other hand you can’t deport nine to eleven million people.” From you just can’t do it to it’s just not feasible Rubio appeared to want something to cut both ways.

Rubio covered other issues related to energy resources, education, and economic growth of other countries in the Western Hemisphere. Observers are paying closer attention to Rubio as Republican primary candidates head into Florida for what may be a bruising face-off, especially for pockets of Latino voters in the state. For certain, the campaigns will be aggressively wooing the young Senator for his open endorsement.

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Wendy Rivera
Wendy is the Principal Attorney at Rivera-Aguilar Law Firm, P.A. and also serves as Policy Counsel for Latinos in Technology Innovation and Social Media (LATISM). LATISM is a 501(c) 4 nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing the social, civic, and economic status of the Latino community. Prior to assuming her role with LATISM, Wendy served as Assistant General Counsel for a National Regulatory Firm. She later served as Director of Hispanic Affairs and Counsel for Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC), a national civil rights organization recognized as the leading advocate for civil rights in the mass media, telecommunications, and broadband industries. ​​ Wendy launched MMTC’s new Immigration Reform Initiative to help generate support for immigration reform from the large media, telecom, and broadband companies and provide a voice to expand opportunities for aspiring Hispanic immigrants to enter the media and telecommunications industries. Prior to joining MMTC, Wendy worked as an Attorney for the law firm of Hill & Ponton, P.A., where she practiced Administrative Law. She is the President of the Multicultural Education Alliance (MEA), a nonprofit organization that promotes open and collaborative dialogue between parents, administrators, educators, students, lawmakers, and the community to improve educational opportunities and student achievement. Wendy has given her time, leadership, and support to benefit many worthy causes. She served as a Rapporteur for the Diversity and Inclusion, Telecommunications and Internet Policy Task Force, Ambassador for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando, and Orange County Advisory Board. Wendy earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Florida and Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law. She is admitted to practice in Florida and lives in Orlando with her husband and children.