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February 19, 2016

Rubes: Come to Think of It, Now That My Presidential Hopes are On the Line, I Will Reluctantly and Insincerely Crabwalk Back My Position to Pretend I'm Closer to Cruz's Position on Amnesty Than Jorge Ramos'

And you can tell a man really really believes in what he's saying when he announces a shift in a long-held position on the eve of a vote that could determine if he gets the nice big office and promotion he wants.

I mean, that's gold standard, right? You can tell Rubes really stands behind his sudden vow to cancel DACA immediately -- after years of saying he would only do so after another program of legalization was in place -- by the sudden, grudging claim he'd so so on day one of his presidency, claimed on the eve of a do or die primary.

I mean, you do believe Mario, don't you? He's so innocent and sweet, like a fuzzy little baby chick.

Here's what he said in his 2015 interview with Jorge Ramos...

DACA [Obamaís amnesty for DREAMers] is going to have to end at some point. I wouldnít undo it immediately. The reason is that there are already people who have that permission, who are working, who are studying, and I donít think it would be fair to cancel it suddenly. But I do think it is going to have to end. And, God willing, it's going to end because immigration reform is going to pass. DAPA hasnít yet taken effect, and I think it has impeded progress on immigration, on immigration reform. And since that program hasnít taken effect yet, I would cancel it. But DACA, I think it is important; it can't be cancelled suddenly because there are already people who are benefiting from it. But it is going to have to end. It cannot be the permanent policy of the United States. And I do'ít think thatís what theyíre asking for, either. I think that everyone prefers immigration reform.

By the way: There is a lot of lying on social media about this being a "mistranslation." That claim is all made about a single quibble: Sarah Rumpf made a big deal that some people said Rubio's reference to "important" refers not to DACA (as it sure appears to), but to the thought that "people...are benefiting from it."

So based on that -- and only that -- Rubio's Minions are claiming the entire translation is wrong.

It's not. I went through it word for word and actually if you want to contradict me I'l put up the word for word translation, which each word linked to the definition on WordReference. I already went through the exercise of translating it mentally; won't take too much longer to just write it up and hyperlink each word.

The translation is accurate. The spin here is that this minor quibble over what Rubio is calling "important" has nothing to do with the rest of this: Rubio is saying he won't cancel DACA until he has some other plan in place, because people are already "benefiting" from DACA and you can't take that away from them.

Don't believe people who tell you otherwise. Again, I'll just put up the translation if you make me. I don't mind that much. I'm learning Spanish now anyway.

In November, he was forced, under presure, to crabwalk back this vow to now saying DACA will end, whether there's an amnesty in place, someday or another.

Today, he crabwalks it back further and says he'll end it on day one.

Not to belabor this, but he simply takes a new tactical position when he needs to. He never deviates willingly from his determination that there will be an amnesty and a pathway to citizenship; indeed, that remains his announced position. There will be an amnesty and a pathway to citizenship, just after we have a security plan in place.

If you think he's so cute and such a remarkable candidate you want to believe or propagate his lies, go ahead and do so; but do so with open eyes: He was pro-amnesty, he is pro-amnesty, he will continue to be pro-amnesty, forever.

Your only hope of blocking amnesty is to have a president who will block it; Congress is on board with the plan.

So agitate for this slithery chameloeon if you like; but do not pretend to yourself or others that that will not result in a guaranteed amnesty in the first year of his presidency.

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