GOP responses to State of the Union differ on immigration

The Republican Party’s Spanish-language response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address included an issue not mentioned in the English-language rebuttal: immigration. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) delivered the official GOP response to the president’s State of the Union address. In her speech, she left out the issue of immigration. She didn’t even make a reference to her party’s efforts to block Obama’s recent executive actions on immigration. SEE ALSO: Obama: ‘The State of the Union is strong’ But in the Spanish-language response given by Rep. Carlos Curbelo, the newly elected Republican from Florida, the issue of immigration did come up. “We should also work through the appropriate channels to create permanent solutions for our immigration system in order to secure the border, modernize legal immigration and strengthen our economy,” Curbelo said in Spanish. “In the past, the president has expressed support for ideas like these. Now we ask him to cooperate with us to get it done.” Immigration is an issue that has divided the Republican Party. That division was front-and-center Tuesday night through Ernst and Curbelo, two Republicans with very different views on immigration. Ernst has spoken out against “amnesty” while Curbelo has said he supports a path to citizenship for some of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. The Florida Republican was also one of the 26 GOP leaders who earlier this month broke the ranks with their party by voting against a measure to cut off funding for a federal deferred action program that Obama announced in 2012 to protect undocumented youth from deportation. But in his speech Tuesday night, Curbelo said the Republican-controlled Congress would not stand by if Obama “legislates by decree.” He was likely referring to the executive actions Obama announced last month to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. “The Constitution assigned that responsibility to Congress,” Curbelo said about legislating. SEE ALSO: Marco Rubio to send Obama a message with SOTU guest In addition, Curbelo said he and other Republicans are concerned about the “undeserved concessions” by the Obama administration toward Cuba and Iran. He said both countries are “ruled by cruel dictatorships that for decades have tried to harm our country and our allies.” Ernst, on the other hand, said Republicans will work to “confront Iran’s nuclear ambitions” but didn’t say anything about Cuba. When the House Republican Conference originally announced that Curbelo would deliver the GOP Spanish-language address, it left out the fact that Curbelo’s speech would be different from Ernst’s speech. However, there were similarities between both speeches. Curbelo and Ernst both talked about how the “new Republican majority” elected by voters wants to reform Congress “to make it function for the benefit of its citizens.” They also laid out the GOP’s list of priorities, which include creating jobs, tearing down trade barriers and reforming the tax code. Curbelo ended his speech by noting that for centuries, immigrants—like his parents who are Cuban exiles who fled the Castro regime in the 1960s—have come to the U.S. with nothing more than faith for a better life and desire to work to provide for their children. “That is the story of my family and also of yours,” he said in Spanish. “Thanks to the sacrifices of those who have preceded me, this son of political refugees can represent his community in Congress. Only in the United States is this possible. In this country, success is for everyone who seeks it.” SEE ALSO: Sen. Ernst promises Republicans will focus on Americans’ concernsThe post GOP responses to State of the Union differ on immigration appeared first on Voxxi.

Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) delivered the official Spanish-language version of the Republican Party’s response to President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. (Screenshot of video)

The Republican Party’s Spanish-language response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address included an issue not mentioned in the English-language rebuttal: immigration.

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) delivered the official GOP response to the president’s State of the Union address. In her speech, she left out the issue of immigration. She didn’t even make a reference to her party’s efforts to block Obama’s recent executive actions on immigration.

SEE ALSO: Obama: ‘The State of the Union is strong’

But in the Spanish-language response given by Rep. Carlos Curbelo, the newly elected Republican from Florida, the issue of immigration did come up.

“We should also work through the appropriate channels to create permanent solutions for our immigration system in order to secure the border, modernize legal immigration and strengthen our economy,” Curbelo said in Spanish. “In the past, the president has expressed support for ideas like these. Now we ask him to cooperate with us to get it done.”

Immigration is an issue that has divided the Republican Party. That division was front-and-center Tuesday night through Ernst and Curbelo, two Republicans with very different views on immigration. Ernst has spoken out against “amnesty” while Curbelo has said he supports a path to citizenship for some of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.

The Florida Republican was also one of the 26 GOP leaders who earlier this month broke the ranks with their party by voting against a measure to cut off funding for a federal deferred action program that Obama announced in 2012 to protect undocumented youth from deportation.

But in his speech Tuesday night, Curbelo said the Republican-controlled Congress would not stand by if Obama “legislates by decree.” He was likely referring to the executive actions Obama announced last month to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation.

“The Constitution assigned that responsibility to Congress,” Curbelo said about legislating.

SEE ALSO: Marco Rubio to send Obama a message with SOTU guest

In addition, Curbelo said he and other Republicans are concerned about the “undeserved concessions” by the Obama administration toward Cuba and Iran. He said both countries are “ruled by cruel dictatorships that for decades have tried to harm our country and our allies.”

Ernst, on the other hand, said Republicans will work to “confront Iran’s nuclear ambitions” but didn’t say anything about Cuba.

When the House Republican Conference originally announced that Curbelo would deliver the GOP Spanish-language address, it left out the fact that Curbelo’s speech would be different from Ernst’s speech.

However, there were similarities between both speeches. Curbelo and Ernst both talked about how the “new Republican majority” elected by voters wants to reform Congress “to make it function for the benefit of its citizens.” They also laid out the GOP’s list of priorities, which include creating jobs, tearing down trade barriers and reforming the tax code.

Curbelo ended his speech by noting that for centuries, immigrants—like his parents who are Cuban exiles who fled the Castro regime in the 1960s—have come to the U.S. with nothing more than faith for a better life and desire to work to provide for their children.

“That is the story of my family and also of yours,” he said in Spanish. “Thanks to the sacrifices of those who have preceded me, this son of political refugees can represent his community in Congress. Only in the United States is this possible. In this country, success is for everyone who seeks it.”

SEE ALSO: Sen. Ernst promises Republicans will focus on Americans’ concerns

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