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April 22, 2013 - 2:08 pm

Alex Conant should be looking for a new job. He’s terrible at the one he currently holds, which is serving as Sen. Marco Rubio’s press secretary.

Marco Rubio’s press secretary, Alex Conant, might wish to cease his demagoguery when he’s behind. After replying to a skeptic of “comprehensive immigration reform” with ahistorical nonsense like, “We haven’t had a cohort of people living permanently in US without full rights of citizenship since slavery,” he compounds his problems with his “clarification:” “The point I was trying to make (in 140 characters) is that allowing immigrants to apply for permanent residence, but not eventually be able to apply for the full benefits of citizenship, has been tried and failed, and has had disastrous social consequences in Europe today.”

Legal immigrants can and do apply for citizenship every day. The issue at hand is illegal aliens, people who have not experienced anything like slavery. Slavery is being owned by another person as chattel. Illegal immigration is willful breaking of the law and violating US sovereignty.

 

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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He's right, but not in the way he meant. The effect of slavery has always been to displace free labor because of its imagined lower costs. This is what we are seeing in the US. Illegal immigrant labor first displaced US workers from agriculture and then construction and even manufacturing. The fact that US megacorporations have been shipping high paying manufacturing jobs overseas leaving millions unemployed has only made this worse as illegals still take jobs for less than Americans.

So, there are indeed people living with fewer rights in the US: Americans. They are losing out on jobs and don't really have the lobbyists and activists out there championing them to Congress. Instead, they see their taxes go up, their jobs vanish overseas or be taxed to death by DC, and they know fully well that amnesty is around the corner which will mean a vastly more of the same.
51 weeks ago
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Mr. Conant, it is time for you to go home. If chosing you as a spokesman is a sign of Mr. Rubio's judgement, he should be on the bus with you.
51 weeks ago
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It appears that Mr. Conant doesn't understand "choice". I am fairly certain that slaves did not choose to come to America. To compare illegals to people who were kidnapped, taken from their countries and forced to labor is nothing short of evil.

Mr. Conant, illegals chose to break our laws. They are not some little victims of our society. They are criminals and you are rewarding their criminal behavior. Shame on you and shame on Marco Rubio for treating the country that afforded him so much opportunity with disdain.
51 weeks ago
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When do the foreigners here illegally start giving to Caesar that which is Caesar's?
51 weeks ago
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Never. Most will be just like the 50% that do not pay taxes. Talk of new tax payer's with amnesty is just that: TALK. The newbies will be able to collect welfare, food stamps, enroll in medicaid just as many are now. There will be no newbies, just old timers having another go at the taxes paid by the people paying taxes now. Translate: You and me.
51 weeks ago
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You get the feeling an Alex Conant talking point memo wouldn't look much different if it came out of Chuck Schumer's press secretary's office than it does coming out of Rubio's. And the private messages between Gang of 8 staffs are probably even more disdainful towards the unenlightened rabble (which Schumer can get away with. Rubio can't, because if you're going to run in 2016 for president in the Republican primary as the possible conservative alternative to Chris Christie, you really shouldn't sound like you're running to the left of him or that you hold your core voters in contempt.
51 weeks ago
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Screw Marco Rubio. Just screw him. His positions are repellent; his deceit is unforgivable; his bed-partners are nefarious, and the way he is treating his constituents is simply stupid.

NOBODY compares his constituents to slaveholders and survives in office.

Not even Grover Norquist's Ken-doll can survive this one.

Even Charlie Crist, that weird lobster-colored man, didn't speak to us this way.

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