Marco Rubio tried to walk a fine line yesterday of both attacking President Obama for having changed immigration policy to avoid deporting undocumented children and at the same time advocating the same goal. The result was an argument that amounted to, “I’d come here illegally, too, but that doesn’t mean anything should be legalized."
Rubio told Your World’s Neil Cavuto that Obama had “poisoned the well” on immigration. “I do think there’s a growing consensus in America that we have to help kids like this that are, through no fault of their own, find themselves in this situation but we can’t do it in a way that encourages illegal immigration in the future. And I think that’s the problem with an executive order… This is an issue that deserves a serious, responsible and balanced long-term approach and what the president has done here by ignoring Congress, by being partisan about it, is he’s gonna make it harder for us as a country to find a reasonable solution… I hope I’m wrong. I hope that we can continue to move forward and work on these things but I think he’s just made it a lot harder to do that, at least in the short term.”
Cavuto read a part from Rubio’s memoir, quoting “If my kids went to sleep hungry every night and my country didn’t give me an opportunity to feed them, there isn’t a law no matter how restrictive that would prevent me from coming here.”
Cavuto added, “It seems to me like you’re saying, ‘Yeah, I’d come here illegally too.’”
Rubio answered, “First of all, you can’t legalize that. I’m not saying you justify in terms of the legality of it, but we need to recognize as a society why people are coming here… Who among us wouldn’t do anything to feed out children?”
Cavuto said, “I think some of the reaction among some of the die-hard conservatives in your party might be no way in hell do we even entertain the thought, do we even express sympathy for that point of view.”
Rubio responded, “We can’t be the only country in the world that doesn’t enforce its immigration laws. I think we have to understand why people are doing this. But that doesn’t mean you can necessarily permit it or legalize it… My parents immigrated legally to the United States in 1956, and we owe a tremendous amount to this country because of its compassion.”
So the Senator would come here illegally but wouldn’t legalize what he did? Of course, it's really the Democrats' fault!