POLITICO : Marco Rubio Biography Says Grandfather Was Ordered 'DEPORTED'Submitted by emalvini on Wed, 04/25/2012 - 14:17
POLITICO : Marco Rubio Biography Says Grandfather Was Ordered 'DEPORTED'
By MIKE ALLEN | 4/25/12 7:34 AM EDT
A forthcoming biography of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who is described by author Manuel Roig-Franzia as a “politician who built a political identity on his family story,” reveals an immigration hell for Rubio’s Cuban-born maternal grandfather, who was ordered deported from Florida because he flew in from Cuba without a visa, a decade before Rubio’s birth.
Roig-Franzia, a Style section writer for The Washington Post, writes that the grandfather’s treatment during his 1962 run-in with federal authorities “was not unlike the present-day experiences of many Mexicans and Central Americans who come to the United States legally but later run afoul of visa laws and find their lives irreversibly upended.”
Rubio was born a U.S. citizen in Miami in 1971 to two Cuban exiles who arrived in the U.S. in the late 1950s. Roig-Franzia reports that the grandfather, Pedro Victor García, did not leave the U.S. as ordered, but remained in Miami, possibly on retroactive refugee status.
The episode could draw renewed scrutiny of the personal narrative of Rubio, a possible running mate for Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Rubio is taking the lead in his party as a more moderate voice on immigration and plans to offer his own plan in coming months as a counter to the more liberal Democratic proposal supported by President Barack Obama.
Whether Rubio is chosen by Romney or contemplates running on his own in 2016, Rubio looks to have a bright national political future as a 40-year-old, Hispanic Republican beloved by conservatives.