While serving as a city commissioner in West Miami, Marco Rubio voted in favor of a city resolution urging the federal government to give Honduran illegal immigrants permanent resident status and free them from risk of deportation, according to documents obtained by The Daily Caller.The 1998 city resolution, #98-16, is titled “Resolution of the City of West Miami urging the federal government and Immigration and Naturalization Service to accord same status to Hondurans as has been afforded to Nicaraguans.”
In the year prior, the “Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act” was enacted into law. This allowed for Nicaraguan, Cuban, Salvadorian, Guatemalan and former Soviet bloc migrants who had applied for asylum to receive permanent resident status and a stay of removal.
In the minutes and agenda for the city commission meeting, adjustment for status of Peruvian immigrants is also mentioned. However, the passed resolution only pertains to Hondurans.
According to minutes of the May 16, 1998 city commission meeting: “The Mayor asked the City to endorse a resolution passed recently by City of Hialeah calling for fair and just treatment of Peruvians and Hondurans as legal immigrants as to their residency status.”
The Rubio campaign has not returned a request for comment from TheDC.