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New Marco Rubio book to detail his family's immigrant past

Politico has a sneak peak of journalist Manuel Roig-Franzia's book about Sen. Marco Rubio, set to come out June 19. That's the same day the Republican senator's own memoir will be released.

Here are some of the excerpts, snagged by Politico:

"A Path to Citizenship" "One ... who saw possibilities in the new Cuba of Fidel Castro was Senator Rubio's [maternal] grandfather, Pedro Victor García. He was a proud man. In the two years since he'd emigrated to the United States, he had tried to make a living but never quite succeeded. After odd jobs in New York, he had found his way back to Miami, the city where the Rubios were making a life, a city with a climate closer to his native Cuba's. ... On January 15, 1959, two weeks after [Cuban dictator] Batista abdicated, Pedro Victor flew back to the island of his birth [The future senator was born in Miami in 1971]. He had left behind a shoe store in Havana ... His new employer was the Castro government. The job was with Hacienda, Cuba's Treasury Ministry. ...

"[A]fter the [1961] Bay of Pigs fiasco , Pedro Victor's ... unease with the Castro regime was [growing] ... In the summer of 1962 he saw an opportunity. He asked his bosses for a vacation, and ... they granted it. And so it was that on August 31, 1962, he took an incredibly risky step. He bought a ticket and boarded Pan American Airlines flight 2422 bound for Miami. Pedro Victor's troubles began no long after the plane landed. He had a Cuban passport and a U.S. alien registration card, but he didn't have a visa. ... A U.S. immigration official named E.E. Spink detained the sixty-three-year-old grandfather. Spink signed a form that read, 'you do not appear to me to be clearly and beyond a doubt entitled to enter the United States.' A photographer snapped a mug shot of Pedro Victor with his alien registration number on a block in front of him. ... His cheeks were sunken, there were bags under his eyes, and his mouth was tight. ...

"Pedro Victor's treatment 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. ... The paper trail is inconclusive about whether he was forced to spend time in a detention facility. ... On October 4, 1962, Pedro Victor appeared before a special inquiry officer, a kind of immigration judge, named Milton V. Milich ... Pedro Victor's hearing was recorded on an Editor Voicewriter ... Now full of scratches and audible pops, the records are a remarkable artifact of another era. In thirty-three minutes of testimony they tell the story of a man caught in an immigration non-man's land, a lesson about the laws that decide who gets to stay in the United States and who must go. ...

"Milich orders 'that the applicant be excluded and deported from the United States.' ... Pedro Victor ... did not leave the country as ordered. In those days deportees weren't necessarily thrown onto a plane ... Pedro Victor's legal status would remain unresolved for years. He stayed in Miami ... [In 1967] Pedro Victor returned to the immigration bureaucracy to ask, once again, to become a permanent resident. ... The form he filled out then states that he had been a Cuban refugee since February 1965. Refugee status may have been granted retroactively."

--"The Miami Son": "Not long after arriving in Las Vegas [at age 7 or 8], Marco -- along with his mother and sister, Veronica - began reading the Book of Mormon. Eventually, Marco, his sister Veronica and their mother were baptized as Mormons. Marco converted [from Catholicism] to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with enthusiasm. ... Mario [Rubio's father], who had worked as a bartender for years, couldn't embrace a faith that wouldn't let him drink and smoke. ... Marco attended LDS youth groups and often walked to chapel with his family because his mother could not drive. The cousins idolized the Osmonds ...

"Marco, his sister, Veronica, and their cousin, Michelle, liked to perform Osmond songs at family get-togethers. 'Tony' - as the cousins called Marco, referencing his middle name Antonio - was so entranced by the Osmonds that he joined [a] ... trip to Provo, Utah, to tour the pop group's recording studio. ... [W]hen the Rubios decided to return to Miami, ... Marco, his sister and mother returned to the Catholic Church that they had left behind for Mormonism. The exact date of their return is in dispute. Marco has said the family converted back to Catholicism while still ... in Las Vegas, and that he received his first communion on Christmas Day 1984 [age 13]."

--"Introduction: The Heir": "American politics had never seen anything like him: a young, made-for-YouTube Hispanic Republican with realistic national prospects, establishment backing[,] an electoral appeal that extended well beyond his ethnicity. There had been Hispanic stars before. But they tended to be Democrats and they tended to fizzle ... Rubio had arrived on the national scene at a time when both parties were - again - forced to confront the enduring and growing power of Hispanic voters. ... Good timing matters, but it isn't everything. Execution counts too. And each time Rubio's timing has been good, his executive has been even better."

--"Afterword": "In 2012, as his personal history continued to be questioned, Marco Rubio - the politician who built a political identity on his family story - spent campaign donations to hire a California firm to study him, to conduct a vetting process not unlike the examinations of possible running mates conducted by presidential nominees. ...

"In two decades of ascension he had learned to slide quickly on the issues, tailoring messages on immigration and spending that got him where he needed to go, even if they sometimes raised questions about his political core. ... Rubio had reached a position of influence with remarkable speed. But in politics, just as on the football fields of his youth, speed alone doesn't guarantee that you'll react in time to get you to the right place at the right time. You need to be prepared to execute the right move when you get there. Now, with an eye on the national stage, Rubio needs all the diligence, tenacity, and patience of his ancestors to reach the goal line."

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buckeye one

more LIES from Little Marco?
what a BS er!
how many of you crazy Cubans have bought Little Marco's book?
what a simp this guy is.
If this is the best the GOP can do they're in deep doo doo!
Viva Fidel!

Dog of war

Just like all the rest, he's very dodgy with the facts. They all create their own story and it's rarely ever accurate. Just like lying on. Your resume but worse. He wants to look like the golden boy but the real story is more strange. Is he an exile or not? Is he a catholic, Mormon or evangelical? Who is he? Quien es? Es payaso ?

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