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Centrist Challenge: Argue For Marco Rubio

This article is the response to a challenge from my friend Dave: as a centrist, argue for Marco Rubio as a presidential candidate. The resulting argument does not represent my actual beliefs on Marco Rubio’s candidacy. It is an intellectual exercise (or unintellectual exercise, depending on your politics?). I neither endorse nor denounce Marco Rubio’s candidacy. If challenged to argue against Marco Rubio, I would have done the same, but that was not the challenge this time.

Challenge: Argue for Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio, the junior Senator from Florida, is both the youngest candidate for president still running into February 2015 and only one of two remaining candidates with Hispanic bona fides. As a conservative, Rubios’ ethnicity is a strength in the general election as he may appeal to voters in the coveted Hispanic demographic. Policy-wise, his ethnicity also lends itself to a centrist views on immigration reform, in comparison to his conservative counterparts. The comparison is important one, but taken together, Rubio’s current stated positions on the issues are definitively conservative. Given his heritage, his past work on immigration reform, and his firm conservative views, Rubio represents a strong candidate in the general election.

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Refugees in the United States

This article is the first in a series concerning refugees in the United States, including a history of refugees in America, the application process and acceptance of refugees, the costs and benefits of refugee acceptance, and the addressing of several common questions. Each article strives to provide useful, sourced information, in order to help understand what is a very complex issue. This series is in no way definitive or exhaustive, and you are encouraged to seek out additional information, but I hope that you find it valuable.

As a nation comprised primarily of immigrants and their descendants, the United States has long grappled with the topic of foreigners, their worthiness, and their eventual assimilation into the culture. Present day debates concerning the acceptance of refugees from the Syrian civil war represent only a new chapter in that debate. There are many definitions of a refugee, but understanding the present debate requires assessing the general and legal definitions of both a refugee and an immigrant. Once defined, it is easy to see that there have been several periods in the history of the United States where immigrants have proven to be refugees as well. The status of refugee would not exist legally in the U.S. until the 20th century, however, allowing for specific policies and programs aimed at accepting and settling refugees. The resulting programs continue a 4-century-long story of refugees that have looked to North America and the United States as a haven of protection from fear and violence.

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