Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio said that illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay in the United States, providing they have been in the country for a long time and are not criminals, Rubio said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday TV show.
Breitbart reported that Rubio insists that he learned after the failed effort to pass immigration reform with the help of Democrats, and now argues that a comprehensive approach to immigration reform would never work.
Although he doesn’t campaign on the idea, the Florida senator still believes that someday, if the border is secure, illegal immigrants who have been in the country for a long period of time could earn conditional residency once the border was finally secured.
Why should illegal aliens be granted clemency just because they managed to go undetected and avoid being deported; although under Obama’s rule they are treated like gusts and have no fear of deportation.
There are thousands of people who have applied for citizenship the legal way and are on waiting lists pending approval. They should come before people who sneak over the border illegally.
Earlier this month, Rubio argued that he was the best candidate in the presidential race to solve the problem of illegal immigration.
“No one who has ever run for president understands this issue personally better than I do and that’s why I can tell you and you should tell your friends that no one running for president is better prepared to fix it than me,” he said during a town hall in New Hampshire. “I understand this issue personally, I understand the good, the bad, and the ugly, and every aspect of it.”