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ICYMI: Rubio Joins the Ingraham Angle

Jan 22, 2024 | Press Releases

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined The Ingraham Angle to discuss illegal immigration and border security. See below for highlights and watch the full interview on YouTube and Rumble.

On what can be done to improve border security:

“There are things we need to do, like improve our asylum process. It’s being abused. It’s being broken. It has to be completely reformed. We’ve got to get rid of this parole program, which is also being abused. It’s like a 300 percent increase over how any other president has used it in the past. All those things are legitimate, and they should be fixed. 

“The problem is this: the laws have to be executed by the executive branch. The laws have not changed from the time Trump was president to the time Biden became president. What changed was the way the law was applied and executed. Trump had the same laws as Biden, but Trump did not allow people and discouraged people from coming. We detained people, and we deported people, and we forced people to remain in Mexico. Biden on day one said, ‘I’m getting rid of all the Trump policies.’ They’re not following the laws that exist now. They’re not using their enforcement tools now. What leads us to believe that, no matter what law you pass, they’re actually going to do any of the things you agreed to? 

“All these things do is allow an administration to do something. That doesn’t mean they’re going to do it. If they’re willing to go to the Supreme Court to fight against border security, what makes you think they’re going to adhere to any legislative deal that’s done on border security? They’re going to take the legislation and say, ‘That’s an option,’ but not pursue it, because they’re not interested in border security.”

On how the immigration issue has changed over time:

“If you go back to 2013, 10 years ago now, that was a very different time. We had an immigration problem, and it was the fact that we had a bunch of people in the country that were already here illegally. Today, what we have is something we’ve never seen in American history. In the month of December, 300,000 people – on a daily basis, 5,000 to 6,000 people – just walked into the country every day and were released. 

“I think back to 9/11. We had people that came here, but they had to pretend that they were students learning how to be pilots. Now they don’t have to pretend anymore. Now all you have to do is cross the border, say the magic words, you get given asylum, and you get to go on airplanes without even having to show ID.”

On the possibility of quickly passing an immigration bill:

“To pass a bill, it has to have language. If I give the language to you on Tuesday or Wednesday, and I say, ‘You have to vote on it on Thursday,’ especially on something like immigration law, where every little word matters for how it is going to be interpreted…. 

“This is all Biden wants: he wants to reach a bipartisan deal with Republicans in the Senate, then have the House not pass it, so he can go around saying: ‘Look, we tried! The crazy Republican MAGA people in the House wouldn’t do it. Now, they own the border crisis.’ That’s what this is all about.”