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ICYMI: Rubio Joins Fox & Friends
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Fox & Friends to discuss the crisis at the southern border and why the Democrat Party is losing support from Hispanics. See below for highlights and watch the full interview here.
On the drug crisis at the southern border:
“This administration is part of a Democratic Party that’s controlled by a bunch of rich, affluent progressives who live in cities, neighborhoods, and trendy places where they don’t have to deal with the consequences of [the border crisis]. This is the dominant base in the Democratic Party.
“They’ll never come out and say they’re for open borders. They won’t call it that…, but if you’re against enforcement—which is what they are, they’re against enforcement—then you are, in essence, in favor of open borders. The consequence of that is not just what’s going to be over a million people in just 18 months entering the country illegally—that we know of. The other consequence of it, which I think begins to deserve more attention, is fentanyl, the drugs that are pouring into our streets and just wiping people out.
“We have a small county in Florida, Gadsden County. Over the 4th of July weekend, they had a mass casualty event [with] … contaminated drugs that were used. They had this massive fentanyl overdose problem over the weekend there. It’s a horrifying crisis. It’s all coming across the border as well.”
On the Democrats’ refusal to enforce border security:
“When it comes to public policy and public officials, caring about [illegal immigration-related crime] means taking action. The bottom line is, the only action you can take here that would make a difference is to begin to enforce the law. They refuse to enforce the law.
“We have to understand again the base of the Democratic Party. The base I’m talking about, the activists, the people that work in their offices, and the people that donate money, all these Democrats that are raising millions of dollars every three months for their campaigns, that money is all coming from a radical, progressive base who doesn’t want immigration laws enforced.
“If you don’t force immigration laws, and that word gets out pretty quickly, you’re going to encourage people to come. That’s what we are seeing. This is only going to get worse, not better.
“If a million people come into a country illegally, there is no doubt that some percentage of them is going to be violent, dangerous people, probably violent, dangerous people you’ve kicked out already in the past. You’re going to increase crime in our cities, especially in cities where prosecutors won’t prosecute and judges won’t put people in jail.”
On First Lady Jill Biden’s comparison of Hispanics to tacos:
“Well, personally, I identify as a Cuban sandwich…. Those are speeches that are probably written by some young person who majored in Latinx studies at Columbia University or something. Then they write the stuff up because their entire agenda, the entire Democratic agenda, is designed to cater to the pet issues of affluent liberals living in trendy neighborhoods and expensive cities far away from the consequences of the things they’re for.
“They’ve got this radicalism on climate change and it means higher gas prices. They think the government is the solution to everything, so you have this inflation because of the spending. They’re against immigration enforcement, so we have an immigration enforcement crisis. They think the criminal justice system is mean, so we have a crime wave because police officers won’t arrest people and prosecutors won’t prosecute. The list goes on and on.
“Normal everyday people, working people, look at all this and say: ‘These people don’t fight for us. They are fighting for a small group of radical, progressive, rich liberals, and the rest of us are out on their own.’ That’s the fact here. That’s what’s happening.”