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Senator Marco Rubio appeared on “Al Punto” the Sunday morning news program on Univision. Rubio was asked to respond to the concern that legalization might be delayed and therefore be subjected to the policies of future administration.

Let’s be clear. Nobody is talking about preventing the legalization. The legalization is going to happen. That means the following will happen: First comes the legalization. Then come the measures to secure the border. And then comes the process of permanent residence. What we’re talking about here is the system of permanent residence. As for the legalization, the enormous majority of my colleagues have accepted that it has to happen and that it has to begin at the same time we begin the measures for [the border]. It is not conditional. The legalization is not conditional.

That’s different from what the Junior Senator from Florida says in English. He has always said the bill must secure the borders first.

In April he told Chris Wallace that border security is a trigger for the legalization process:

Yes. Let me tell you why it’s a trigger because, basically, homeland
security will have five years to meet that goal. If after five years,
Homeland Security has not met that number, it will trigger the Border
Commission who will then take over this issue for them. So, they’ll have
five years to get it done. They have to create these two plans — a
fence plan, there has to be a fence component to this, and a border
security plan.

Is Marco Rubio adopting the strategy of the Palestinians first championed by Yasser Arafat? Which was talking peace in English but talking war in Arabic? It certainly seems that way.

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