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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) toured The Villages Charter School with Villages Charter School President Dr. Gary Lester. Rubio has long defended and supported school choice in Florida. While at the school, Rubio also met with members of the girl’s flag football...

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What They Are Saying About Rubio’s Immigration Reform Principles

Jan 18, 2013 | Press Releases

Representative Paul Ryan: “Senator Rubio Is Exactly Right” 

Representative Paul Ryan: “Senator Rubio Is Exactly Right On The Need To Fix Our Broken Immigration System. I Support The Principles He’s Outlined: modernization of our immigration laws; stronger security to curb illegal immigration; and respect for the rule of law in addressing the complex challenge of the undocumented population. Our future depends on an immigration system that works.” (Representative Paul Ryan, Facebook, Posted 1/14/13)

American Enterprise Institute’s James Pethokoukis: “Thoughtful Rubio Plan Leads The Way Forward On Immigration” 

AEI’s James Pethokoukis: “But The Rubio Plan Is A Thoughtful, Solid Start, And I Look Forward To Hearing More Details, Including The Parts Concerning Legal Immigration, High-Skill And Otherwise.” (James Pethokoukis, “Thoughtful Rubio plan leads the way forward on immigration,” AEI’s Ideas, 1/16/13)

Americans For Tax Reform’s Grover Norquist Called Rubio’s Ideas “A Good Step In The Right Direction” 

“Grover Norquist Of The Americans For Tax Reform Told Right Turn It Was ‘A Good Step In The Right Direction.’” (Jennifer Rubin, “Rubio Takes A Gamble,” Washington Post, 1/13/13) 

Norquist: “Marco Rubio has opened the immigration debate in a constructive way…with a Reagan Republican perspective on economic growth.” (Twitter, Grover Norquist, 1/14/13)

American Conservative Union’s Al Cardenas: Rubio “Leading On Immigration Reform” 

American Conservative Union’s Al Cardenas: “Kudos to @MarcoRubio for leading on immigration reform w/ conservative principles. Now the hard work begins. Don’t let libs get ahead. #tcot” (Twitter, Al Cardenas, 1/15/13)

Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Ralph Reed: Rubio Ideas “Good Starting Point For Reform” 

Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Ralph Reed: “Kudos to @marcorubio for his leadership on immigration. His ideas r a good starting point for reform.” (Twitter, Ralph Reed, 1/13/14)

FOX’s Bill O’Reilly: “I Think Your Program Is A Good One” 

FOX’s Bill O’Reilly: “That Seems To Be Pretty Fair … I Like Your Program. I Think It’s Fair.” (FOX, The O’Reilly Factor,” 1/16/13) 

O’Reilly: “We All Want Fairness And I Think Your Program Is A Good One.” (FOX, The O’Reilly Factor,” 1/16/13)

FOX’s Sean Hannity: “Most Thoughtful” 

FOX’s Sean Hannity: “The Most Important Thing, Senator, In My Mind, Is What You’re Saying About That We Have Secured The Border. Because otherwise we are going to be dealing with this 20 years down the road, 30 years down the road. It is never going to end.” (Sean Hannity Radio Show, 1/17/13) 

Hannity: “Look, I Got To Be Honest. I Think It’s Probably The Most Thoughtful Bill That I Have Heard Heretofore.” (Sean Hannity Radio Show, 1/17/13)

Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey Said “Rubio Is On The Right Path” 

Ed Morrissey: “I Think Rubio Is On The Right Path, And The Sooner That This Issue Gets Off The Table, The Better Off The Republican Party Will Be.” (Ed Morrissey, “WSJ: Rubio ‘charges up the middle’ on immigration, Hot Air, 1/12/13) 

Morrissey: “Democrats Want To Push On Immigration Reform Anyway, And Republicans Will Have To Have A Reasonable Alternative On The Table.” (Ed Morrissey, “WSJ: Rubio ‘charges up the middle’ on immigration, Hot Air, 1/12/13)

Daily Caller’s Matt Lewis: “This Is A Big Deal” 

Matt Lewis: “This Is A Big Deal. … The Hope Is That Rubio’s Common Sense Approach To What He Views As A Humanitarian Crisis Wins Converts On Both Sides.” (Matt Lewis, “A Couple Points Worth Making About Rubio’s Wall Street Journal Interview,” Daily Caller, 1/12/13)

CBN’s David Brody: “Makes A Lot Of Sense” 

CBN’s David Brody: “[Rubio’s] Plan Not Only Makes A Lot Of Sense But He’s Able To Explain It In A Way That’s Hard To Argue With.” (David Brody, “Marco Rubio’s Winning Immigration Argument?” CBN, 1/17/13)

San Diego Union-Tribune Editor William Osborne: “Solid Comprehensive Immigration Reform Ideas” 

San Diego U-T Editor William Osborne: “Surprisingly solid comprehensive immigration reform ideas from Sen. Marco Rubio.” (Twitter, William Osborne, 1/12/13)

The Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes: “Framework Of A Plan That Republicans – Potentially – Can Get Behind” 

The Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes: “And It Is One Of The Reasons That We’ve Had Somebody Like Marco Rubio Come Out And At Least Offer The Framework Of A Plan That Republicans – Potentially – Can Get Behind.” “This is what is interesting, we’ve seen the President, I think, rather skillfully, seek to divide Republicans on a variety of issues. I think this is the next one that he’ll attempt to do this on. And it is one of the reasons that we’ve had somebody like Marco Rubio come out and at least offer the framework of a plan that Republicans – potentially – can get behind.” (FOX’s America’s Newsroom, 1/14/13)

U.S. News & World Report’s Peter Roff: Rubio “Proposing A New, Comprehensive Way To Deal With The Issue, And Deserves Considerable Credit” 

U.S. News & World Report’s Peter Roff: Rubio Is “Taking On Immigration, Proposing A New, Comprehensive Way To Deal With The Issue, And Deserves Considerable Credit For Doing So.” (Peter Roff, Op-Ed, “Marco Rubio’s Immigration Plan Offers Real Promise,” U.S. News & World Report, 1/15/13) 

Roff: “Rubio’s Plan Is Bold, Comprehensive, And Aimed At Modernizing Immigration Policy To Meet The Needs Of A 21st Century America that must trade in a truly global economy. He argues the need for more skills—and merit-based immigration, making the nation a magnet for highly-skilled workers, PhDs, and entrepreneurs from all over the world. His plan is geared towards work, recognizing that plain fact that most immigrants who come to the United States—legally or illegally—do so in order to find work.” (Peter Roff, Op-Ed, “Marco Rubio’s Immigration Plan Offers Real Promise,” U.S. News & World Report, 1/15/13) 

Roff: “Nonetheless, Rubio Should Be Given Considerable Applause For His Willingness To Take Up The Issue.” (Peter Roff, Op-Ed, “Marco Rubio’s Immigration Plan Offers Real Promise,” U.S. News & World Report, 1/15/13) 

Roff: “It Is Impossible To Predict Whether Rubio’s Plan Will Succeed Or Not, All At Once Or In Increments. What Is Clear, Abundantly Clear, Is That Those Who Support His Efforts Need To Cheer For Them As Loudly As Or Louder Than Those Who Will Criticize Them. It’s the only hope the nation has for crafting a sane solution to the immigration mess.” (Peter Roff, Op-Ed, “Marco Rubio’s Immigration Plan Offers Real Promise,” U.S. News & World Report, 1/15/13)