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ICYMI: Rubio Joins The Story with Martha MacCallum

Feb 1, 2024 | Press Releases

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined The Story with Martha MacCallum to discuss the Senate immigration deal and President Biden’s border crisis. See below for highlights and watch the full interview on YouTube and Rumble.

On the Senate immigration “deal”:

“We don’t know what the bill is. It’s not out yet. I can’t give you my opinion on a bill that isn’t written. No one’s read it, not just me. No one’s seen it yet. That doesn’t mean it’s bad or good. I just don’t know what it is. But I will tell you this. Joe Biden does not need a bill if he wants to enforce the border. This border crisis began when he took office, because on his first day in office, he wiped out all the Trump proposals. 

“People that are coming to this country illegally, they don’t know what our immigration laws are. They don’t know the details of asylum laws. What they know is this. If you come to the border, and you turn yourself in, they will process you, and they will release you, and you are probably going to get to stay in this country for the rest of your life. That’s what they know, because that’s what other people have done, and that’s what’s causing more people to come. The only thing that will stop this is to change that.

“People [need] to know if you’re here illegally, you will not be allowed in. If you get in, you will be detained, and you will be held until your hearing, and if the hearing is five years from now, then you’ll be detained for five years. Until we get back to that, this crisis will continue, no matter what law we pass.”

On how President Biden’s policy signals create mass migration:

“I live in Miami. I interact with people that have come illegally, that have sent money via Cash App and Venmo to people to traffic their relatives here. They all tell you, ‘We know if you can get to the border and you get in, they’re going to release you.’ You have an 85, 90 percent chance, which is a very high probability, of being released into the country. That’s why they are coming, because Biden has made that very clear. 

“These are policy choices. These are choices that he made about who to detain, who not to detain, who to release, how to release them, and what to give them when he released them. That’s already within his power. He’s not going to do anything on the border no matter what law we pass.”

On whether an immigration deal would be enforced:

“I don’t know what’s in the bill, and it hasn’t been described to us in detail. I’ll reserve judgment. But I’m going to tell you right now, I don’t believe that a president who went all the way to the Supreme Court to fight against border security, to fight against Texas when he should be thanking Texas, that that president is somehow going to enforce a stricter law on the border. He doesn’t want to do this. He won’t do it no matter what law we pass.”