One of the things we like to do here in the Tank is juxtapose left or “progresssive” thinking/perspectives vs. right or conservative thinking/perspectives from the blogosphere up close and personal and completely in context, so that you, dear reader, can make the determination whose logic, ideas, and conclusions closer approximates the truth. Over at one the left’s most influential communities of part-time pundits, a fellow going by the handle of “BlueTexan” has identified what he thinks is some clear cut “hypocrisy” of the part of Marco Rubio. In it he states that Rubio is “strongly against amnesty for immigrants who are not his parents” because his parents were “granted amnesty”, and also that Rubio “thinks we should forcibly deport 14 million people from the country.”
Wrong, wrong, and wrong. For starters, Rubio is not calling for the forcible deportation of our illegal immigrants- rather, he advocates a policy that can best be described as attrition through enforcement, not a forcible eviction via a mass roundup of illegals. But even worse than the mischaracterization of Rubio’s position is the historical illiteracy of “Blue Texan about the Cuban refugee situation in the early 1960s, and how it was addressed by our government.
It’s clearly obvious that Blue Texan knows little or nothing about the plight of Cuban Refugees in the immediate wake of Castro’s seizure of power; and to compare Cuban refugees who fled to America in the early 60’s with the millions of mostly Mexican nationals who continue to violate our immigration laws is plain foolishness. Cubans who fled Castro’s Cuba were designated as refugees, they were never deemed “illegal” for having broken immigration law. Today’s illegal immigrants from Mexico suffer no comparable persecution from their government, and unlike the Cuban refugees of the early 60′s, today’s illegal aliens have never been expressly accommodated in law to become either U.S. residents or attain citizenship as the federal government expressly permitted to Cuban refugees in the aftermath of Castro’s rise to power.
With diplomatic and consular relations with Cuba terminated, Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy enacted several laws and programs that specifically covered or benefited Cuban refugees in the late 50s and early 60s, including The Cuban Refugee Emergency Center in Miami, and also the Cuban Refugee Program, which offered employment and resettlement assistance. Also take note that ALL Cubans had to undergo individual inspection and questioning by federal authorities, including the CIA, before they were released from relocation centers into the general population.
One last item of note for those of you who are still with me- what is instructive about Blue Texan’s post is his cited source that supposedly proves that Marco’s parents were granted “amnesty”. The link is to a “encyclopedia” aptly titled, “Encyclopedia of the New American Nation”, the domain being http://www.americanforeignrelations.com, the purported authority that supposed proves that Marco’s parents were “granted amnesty”. However, the entry says no such thing about Cuban refugees being “granted amnesty”. And upon further examination, his source- the “Encyclopedia of the New American Nation” appears to be a rather spuriously compiled “encyclopedia” with entries that are not signed, and appear to be laden with extra helpings of revisionism. Thanks, but no thanks, Mr. Blue Texan- i’ll stick to the more authoritative sources that better describe American history before I rely on your revisionist friends that try to rewrite history- in real time- on the Internet.