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ICYMI: Rubio Joins Fox News Tonight

Apr 20, 2023 | Press Releases

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Kayleigh McEnany on Fox News Tonight to discuss the end of Title 42. See below for highlights and watch the full interview on YouTube and Rumble.

On the looming end of Title 42:

“There’s 100,000 people near the border ready to pounce. But I want you to know that there are at least another 500,000 people en route. That’s what we’re getting from our friends in Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia. You’ve seen a massive surge of people that are moving in that direction. So this is not a one night thing. This is not going to be, tomorrow night at midnight, everybody comes over, and then it’s done. There are people in transit. They are en route. You’ve got all these cartels and trafficking networks that are ready to pounce on this and take advantage of it. 

“Here’s the problem. This is a nation that has offered asylum to people for decades. But there comes a point where a process is being abused, and you have to put an end to it. We have to change the criteria for asylum. Right now, people know if you come across the border, and you ask for asylum, you trigger a series of legal procedures that are going to largely, for the most part, let you get released into the country, pending an immigration hearing at some time in the future that many people don’t even show up for. The word is out, and it’s pretty clear. Not to mention the disinformation that’s being applied and told to people that tomorrow night it’ll be legal to cross the border. 

“So we have, in essence, about five to 600,000 people that are going to try to enter the United States. These are images that we’re used to seeing out of Syria and out of places like that. We’ve never seen this in America before. I think yesterday, the number was 11,000. I think that number is going to double. We’re headed toward a potential cataclysm here that has no precedent. At this point, it’s almost too late to stop it, because of the Biden Administration’s policies up to this point.”

On what good it would do to extend Title 42:

“Extending it would be fine. But at this point, the truth of the matter is only about 30 percent of the people or less are being turned away at the border. The rest are still getting in as is. That doesn’t do anything about the huge surge in migration that’s already there and present that just threatens to overwhelm us. 

“All of this is happening, by the way, because of the perception and the reality that if you make it to the U.S. border, and you cross over, your chances of getting to stay in the United States are very, very high. Even with Title 42 in place. All that’s done is just create pent-up demand…. 

“This has the potential to be a cataclysm. Like I said, we’ve never seen images like this before. What we’re about to see over the next few days, I think it’s going to lead to all sorts of things that are unanticipated. Migrant centers, uprisings, and riots. Mass migration events are never good.”