Many Big GOP Voices Changing Their Tune On ImmigrationAaron Blake | The Washington Post | January 29, 2013
As Sean Sullivan and I noted this afternoon, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has undergone a pretty significant political evolution over the past decade on the issue of illegal immigration.
But while he may be the best example of the GOP’s uncertainty on the issue, he’s hardly the only Republican/conservative to shift positions/emphases over the course of his career.
A sampling of some of the more notable recent converts:
* Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who is heading up the effort today, said in March 2009 during the early stages of his primary campaign with then-Gov. Charlie Crist (R) that he would never support an approach that legalized current illegal immigrants.
“No. 1, it demoralizes the people that are going through the legal process,” he said at the time. “It’s a very clear signal that why go through the legal process if you can accomplish the same thing through the illegal process? And No. 2, it demoralizes the people enforcing the law. So I am not and I will never support — never have and never will support — any effort to grant blanket legalization amnesty to folks who have entered or stayed in this country illegally.”
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