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Happytown: No Florida drivers licenses for Dreamers

Gov. Rick Scott rejects notion that undocumented residents should be allowed to obtain licenses

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“Today our governor showed us that he lacks the courage to confront the most extreme elements in his party that seek to marginalize immigrants, particularly Hispanic immigrants,” Rep. Jose Javier Rodriguez, D-Miami Beach, said in a statement. Indeed.

But not everyone – just almost everyone – agrees. In a move that should surprise nobody, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio jumped to Scott’s defense on the issue, using some kind of scatter logic that only makes sense to feral cats and Florida Republicans. Rubio, who is one of the handpicked architects of comprehensive immigration reform (the same reform he now seems to be backing away from because the borders aren’t strong enough, man), thinks that Scott’s signal is a sign from above that something has to be done. He’s just not sure what it is.

“Quite frankly I too am troubled by the way the president did what he did,” Rubio said on June 6, according to the Tampa Bay Times. “But at the end of the day, the big picture to take away from it is this is one of the reasons why we need to pass immigration reform. So that issues like this that continue pop up at the state level will no longer pop up.”

Unless, that is, you want them to pop up in order to send a message to your frothing base. Then all bets are off.

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