U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is campaigning today with David Jolly, Republican candidate in the Pinellas County U.S. House race—but the two have a difference of opinion over immigration.
Rubio has proposed—though he’s also edged away from—legislation to offer what advocates call a "pathway to earned citizenship" and opponents call "amnesty" to immigrants now in the country illegally. Jolly opposes that.
In a Bay News 9 interview in December, Jolly said he would not have voted for Rubio’s proposal.
"I think we have to be careful saying a pathway to citizenship," he said. "First we begin with enforcing our current laws."
Asked specifically whether he would have voted for Rubio’s proposal, he said, "On its face, no."
He added, "I respect Marco Rubio for putting a lot of his political career on the line and saying we’re going to tackle this issue. This is a hard issue. ... we have 11 million people here illegally. Because we simply change the name to undocumented instead of illegal, doesn’t make it right. the fact is we have people legally. We have to honor that."
Rubio will join Jolly for a discussion with senior citizens at Lake Seminole Square in Seminole at 5 p.m. today.