Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio said on Friday that if he is elected president, he will NOT deport the 12 million people that are in the U.S. illegally, and will instead propose solutions to accommodate those who have no criminal record, at taxpayer expense.
(AP) In an interview with The Associated Press, Rubio, campaigning in Iowa ahead of the state’s leadoff presidential caucuses, said that the realistic approach to America’s problems with illegal immigration is to round up only criminals, while finding ways to accommodate the rest.
“We’re not going to round up and deport 12 million people,” Rubio said, speaking on his campaign bus from eastern Iowa. “Criminals can’t stay. Felons, people who are dangerous — they are not staying.” “But we’re going to deal with the people that are here,” he added.
Rubio said that the ‘criminals can’t stay,’ but he ‘wants to deal with the people that are [already] here,’ I would expect a state Senator, not to mention President Obama, to know that entering the United States illegally makes them all criminals:
What Is Illegal Entry?
The immigration law actually uses the term “improper entry,” which has a broad meaning. It’s more than just slipping across the U.S. border at an unguarded point.
Improper entry can include:
- entering or attempting to enter the United States at any time or place other than one designated by U.S. immigration officers (in other words, away from a border inspection point or other port of entry)
- eluding examination or inspection by U.S. immigration officers (people have tried everything from digging tunnels to hiding in the trunk of a friend’s car)
- attempting to enter or obtain entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or willful concealment of a material fact (which might include, for example, lying on a visa application or buying a false green card or other entry document).
(See Title 8, Section 1325 of the U.S. Code (U.S.C.), or Section 275 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (I.N.A.) for the exact statutory language – www.uscis.gov/laws/immigration-and-nationality-act.)
Bringing in and harboring aliens’ carries stiff penalties according to 8 U.S.C. § 1324 : US Code – Section 1324
(a) Criminal penalties
(A) Any person who—
(i) knowing that a person is an alien, brings to or attempts to bring to the United States in any manner whatsoever such person at a place other than a designated port of entry or place other than as designated by the Commissioner, regardless of whether such alien has received prior official authorization to come to, enter, or reside in the United States and regardless of any future official action which may be taken with respect to such alien;
(ii) knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, transports, or moves or attempts to transport or move such alien within the United States by means of transportation or otherwise, in furtherance of such violation of law;
(iii) knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, conceals, harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation;
(iv) encourages or induces an alien to come to, enter, or reside in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such coming to, entry, or residence is or will be in violation of law; or
(I) engages in any conspiracy to commit any of the preceding acts, or
(II) aids or abets the commission of any of the preceding acts,
shall be punished as provided in subparagraph (B).
(B) A person who violates subparagraph (A) shall, for each alien in respect to whom such a violation occurs—
(i) in the case of a violation of subparagraph (A)(i) or (v)(I) or in the case of a violation of subparagraph (A)(ii), (iii), or (iv) in which the offense was done for the purpose of commercial advantage or private financial gain, be fined under title 18, imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both;
(ii) in the case of a violation of subparagraph (A)(ii), (iii), (iv), or (v)(II), be fined under title 18, imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both;
(iii) in the case of a violation of subparagraph (A)(i), (ii), (iii), (iv), or (v) during and in relation to which the person causes serious bodily injury (as defined in section 1365 of title 18) to, or places in jeopardy the life of, any person, be fined under title 18, imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both; and
(iv) in the case of a violation of subparagraph (A)(i), (ii), (iii), (iv), or (v) resulting in the death of any person, be punished by death or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, fined under title 18, or both.
The law, which is clearly stated above, says that illegal’s who enter the United States illegally are criminals and must be deported, and, those who assist and harbor them are committing a felony.
The waiting list for people who applied to enter the U.S. legally now stands at 4.4 million, 100,000 more in 2015 than in 2014 and no telling how many more this year with the influx of refugees.
William La Jeunesse, Fox News reported that many have been on the list for more than 15 years. Even though the spouses and children of U.S citizens are supposed to get priority, even their wait times have jumped from as little as two months to up 18 months as the administration deals with a surge of illegal immigrants given lawful status by president Obama.
There is no incentive for people to apply legally, they should go to the border and say they are refugees fleeing their war torn country, than President Obama will make immediate accommodations for them at taxpayer expense. Unless they are Christians.
As for Rubio’s comments, I agree with Donald Trump. Build a wall and kick all the illegals out and have them apply legally.