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Move Over “Obama Phone,” Say ‘Hola!’ to the Marco Rubio Immigration Phone


Senator Marco Rubio

With the new ‘Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act’ finally being filed in the U.S. Senate, concerns over how much money the immigration reform bill will cost an already debt-ridden United States continues to swirl among Americans who are already strapped for cash.

According to the newly filed bill, ctitics claimed that immigrants who are allowed to enter the United States under a work visa, will be ‘granted’ a taxpayer funded cellular phone. Move over “Obama phone,” we present the new ‘Hola, Como Estas?!’ MarcoPhone.

Here is the actual mention of the free phones in the bill-


The Secretary, in consultation with the governors of the States in the Southwest Border region, shall establish a 2-year grant program, to be administered by the Secretary, to improve emergency communications in the Southwest

ELIGIBILITY FOR GRANTS.—An individual  is eligible to receive a grant under this subsection if the individual demonstrates that he or she— (A) regularly resides or works in the Southwest Border region;  is at greater risk of border violence due to the lack of cellular service at his or her residence or business and his or her proximity to the Southern border. (3) USE OF GRANTS.—Grants awarded under  this subsection may be used to purchase satellite  telephone communications systems and service  that— (A) can provide access to 9–1–1 service; and  (B) are equipped with global positioning…

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Senator Marco Rubio responded to this post this morning during an interview with Laura Ingraham:

Ingraham: “Alright, so let’s look at a couple of the other provisions in here so we understand what’s going on. In section 1107, are you familiar with that section?”

Rubio: “Well, go ahead. I mean, I don’t have it in front of me. So I don’t know the provisions but go ahead.”

Ingraham: “That’s alright. Eligibility for grants, because in 844 pages, as you can imagine, there’s quite a lot of interesting nuggets in here. You actually can be eligible for a grant for a phone, it looks like. A two year grant program to receive a cellular phone. And articles this morning, as you can imagine, are fairly amusing. ‘Move over Obama phone, this is the amnesty phone.’ What’s going on with that?”

Rubio: “That’s false. That’s not for the illegal immigrants. That’s for U.S. citizens and residents who live in the border region so that they can have access to calls. One of their complaints – that’s actually part of the Kyl border bill that we adopted. And what it does is it provides communication equipment to people who are living in the border region so they can report illegal crossings because many of them either don’t have phone service or don’t have cell phone service and they have no way of calling.”

Update – According to some politicos involved with helping craft this bill, the phones in question are for ranchers and locals that can prove that they resided along the border. It is obvious that immigrants are also afforded this privilege, since many of them live and work along the border. Why else would it be in an immigration reform bill? And why are taxpayers asked to flip the bill?

EDITORS NOTE: Since introduction of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act a song has been written and published titled “The Amnesty Man”. Listen:

Javier Manjarres

Managing editor of the Shark Tank Javier Manjarres is a first generation American and credits his conservative political philosophy to his parents who legally immigrated to the United States from Colombia and raised him with strict conservative values. As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Manjarres was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year and was acknowledged by the conservative activist group FreedomWorks for his efforts during the 2010 election cycle. Numerous videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal,CNN, NBC and other national and local news stations. Manjarres has appeared as a guest commentator on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the Florida and National Correspondent for 92.5 Fox News and DayBreak with Drew Steele, communicating his strong belief in the American Dream along with his unwavering conservative principles.

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