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U.S. Senator from Florida

Marco Antonio Rubio
Born: May 28th, 1971  (age 45)

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Marco Rubio on Immigration

Rubio supports comprehensive immigration reform, and in fact helped draft an immigration plan in 2013. His proposal included a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants currently in the country (a highly controversial issue), but also border protection and punitive actions against businesses found to employing undocumented workers. However, he has now withdrawn his support of this plan, saying it lacks support in Congress and that any pursuit of it would, at present, essentially be a waste of time.

CHRIS WALLACE: “Perhaps the biggest issue that you're gonna have to face in this campaign is immigration. Back in 2013 you were one of the authors of the comprehensive immigration plan which included a tough border enforcement, crackdown on employers but also a path to citizenship. Here's what you said back then about the 11 million people in this country illegally.“

MARCO RUBIO IN 2013: “Those who once had no hope will give their kids the chance at a life they always wanted for themselves. Here, in America, generations of unfulfilled dreams will finally come to pass.”

WALLACE: “But after it passed the Senate and ran into trouble in the House, you bailed on comprehensive immigration reform. How come?”

RUBIO: “Well, I didn't. It's not that we bailed, it's that we don't have the votes to pass it. In fact, we have less votes for comprehensive immigration reform today than we did two years ago when that passed because of the last election, because of unilateral actions the president took through executive order, because of a border crisis because of minors.”

So I still believe we need to do immigration reform. I still talk about that on the campaign trial. I outlined it in my book, 'American Dreams'. The problem is we can't do it in one big piece of legislation. The votes aren't there and the more time we follow that path, the more time we're wasting to address it.”

WALLACE: “But aren't leaders supposed to shape public opinion rather than just follow it? I mean shouldn't you have campaigned for this? I remember when you came into FOX back in 2013 and you made a very articulate and compelling case for comprehensive reform. Why not stand by it and fight for it?”

RUBIO: “We did, but the problem is the votes aren't there in the House. And as you know, for example, the Majority Leader of the House partially lost his election on the perception that he was in favor of immigration reform and that impacted the way others voted as well. So, clearly leaders stand for the idea that you need to do something, but you also have to deal with the reality that in the political process people are going to vote based on what they're hearing from their constituents and others.

And that's what I'm basically saying – is the votes are not there for comprehension immigration reform and at this stage, after two illegal executive orders, after a migratory crisis on the border with minors last summer, the context in which we're having this debate is much different. If we want to move forward on immigration, the first thing we are gonna have to do is prove to the American people that future illegal immigration is under control.”

17 May, 2015: Rubio is interviewed by Chris Wallace for FOX News (0:00 - 2:16)

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