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Chad’s Morning Brief: Rubio Says in Interview that Legalization, Not Security Will Come First, District 1 Recall Election Gets Dirty, and More

Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of June 11, 2013. Give me your feedback below and tune in to The Chad Hasty Show for these and many more topics from 8:30 to 11am.

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1. Legalization First? (link)

Remember those days when Senator Rubio was promising that border security came first? Before any type of path to citizenship started, the U.S. must secure it’s borders? Well, not anymore.

In a Spanish-language interview Sunday with the network Univision, Sen. Marco Rubio, the leading Republican on the Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform group, made his strongest statement yet that legalization of the nation’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants must happen before any new border security or internal enforcement measures are in place, and will in no way be conditional on any security requirements.

“Let’s be clear,” Rubio said. “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.”

In most of his public appeals for the Gang of Eight bill, Rubio has stressed its enforcement provisions, saying that border security must come before immigrants are granted legal permanent resident status. What he has not stressed so much is the fact that the bill would legalize the 11 million almost immediately, after they have passed background checks and paid some sort of fine. That would happen before any new security measures are completed, or even begun.

Hmm. This isn’t good.

2. Recall Election Gets Dirty (link)

Well it didn’t take long for the recall election to have accusations and threats thrown around. According to KFYO News:

District One Lubbock City Councilman Victor Hernandezissued a release alleging that former Lubbock County Commissioner Ysidro Gutierrez arranged a meeting with local attorney Emilio Abeyta on Friday, June 7th.

Hernandez says that during the meeting, Gutierrez proposed that Councilman Hernandez resign his position on the Lubbock City Council and in exchange, the councilman’s wife’s position of Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3 would not be opposed in the 2014 March primaries or general election.

The release continued, saying “Ysidro Gutierrez went on to say that should Councilman Hernandez not resign then, Ysidro Gutierrez was ready to have Judge Aurora Chaides-Hernandez undergo four elections in 2014.”

Hernandez said “While I certainly understand the Gutierrez’ frustration, I have stated publicly on numerous occasions that I will not resign my position on the Lubbock City Council.”

According to Adam Young of the AJ, Emilio Abeyta confirmed that Gutierrez wanted a message passed along to Hernandez. That message? Resign or your wife will face political consequences.

If true, I think Ysidro made a mistake. This recall is about Councilman Hernandez and no one else. On the show today I will discuss the other reasons why this could be a huge blunder by Ysidro.

3. Senate Passes Farm Bill, Cruz and Cornyn Vote No (link)

The Senate passed it’s version of the Farm Bill last night. Now the House will attempt to pass their own version of the bill which cuts the SNAP program more than the Senate version. Last night, Senator Cruz issued this statement on the Farm Bill:

 U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) today expressed his disappointment with S. 954, the Farm Bill:

Agriculture forms the backbone of the Texas economy and is an integral part of our proud heritage, as it is for the rest of the nation. Unfortunately, the current farm bill gives far less attention to the needs of farmers than it does to politicians and special interests. For an issue as critical to our nation’s safety and American livelihoods as ensuring a reliable food supply, I am disappointed that Washington’s cynical politics have again trumped any real reform.

Any meaningful support for farmers in this trillion dollar bill is unnecessarily held hostage to the unchecked growth of food stamp entitlements and numerous other programs unrelated to farming. This farm bill costs 60 percent more than the 2008 bill. Nearly 80 percent of it is comprised of food stamps. It fails to provide a true safety net for difficult years, fails to fully target assistance to those most in need, and fails to prioritize farm aid over duplicative programs, subsidizing unrelated programs from green energy to housing.

We should address the true needs of American farmers, but the bill considered by the Senate does much more harm than good. I hope our House colleagues will include needed reforms that the Senate omitted in its flawed consideration of this important issue.

It will be interesting to watch how Congressman Neugebauer votes on the Farm Bill. This could put him at odds with both TX Senators.

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These and many more topics coming up on today’s edition of The Chad Hasty Show. Tune in mornings 8:30-11am on News/Talk 790 KFYO, streaming online at kfyo.com, and now on your iPhone and Android device with the radioPup App. All guest interviews can be heard online in our podcast section after the show at kfyo.com.

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