Politico -- Sen. Marco Rubio says people who immigrated to the U.S. illegally but haven’t committed any major crimes could be allowed to stay.
In an interview airing Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the Florida contender for the Republican presidential nomination said felons shouldn’t be allowed to stay, but those who commit lesser crimes could still qualify. In this interview, he didn’t specify whether those allowed to stay would ever be able to become citizens.
“If you’re a criminal alien, no, you can’t stay. If you’re someone that hasn’t been here for a very long time, you can’t stay,” he said. “I don’t think you’re gonna round up and deport 12 million people.”
Rubio’s somewhat fluid position on immigration has been a target for his opponents because he was part of the Gang of Eight lawmakers who worked on the 2013 immigration reform bill, which included a path to citizenship.
“If circumstances change or you learn something along the way, it’s reasonable to say, ‘Maybe a different approach will work better,’” Rubio said. “So, for example, on immigration it is clear no comprehensive solution to immigration is going to pass.”
Blog Author's Comments -- There you have it, Marco Rubio has washed himself out of the race for the Republican nomination and I am not one who is concerned about it. Ever since he was a member of the 'Gang of Eight' I have not considered him a serious contender for the nomination for a presidency.
A few things have to happen to stop all illegals from entering the U.S. and this can be done. Seal the borders, deny all public programs to illegals, fines and than jail time for employers of illegals. Hopefully once all of this is accomplished many of the illegals will have self-deported.
The most important item which has to happen to save the country and the GOP is for the right person to win the nomination and defeat Hillary Clinton for the office of president. Once this is accomplished the president can begin to remove the illegals and the laws put in place via executive action by Barack Obama. But none of this is going to happen until the so-called leaders of the GOP can back the person for the nomination that the voters want.