Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio told a Tallahassee radio station on Tuesday that if Congress does not pass immigration “reform” this year, Obama may sign an executive order legalizing more than 11 million currently illegal immigrants.
“I believe that this president will be tempted, if nothing happens in Congress, he will be tempted to issue an executive order like he did for the DREAM Act kids a year ago, where he basically legalizes 11 million people by the sign of a pen,” Rubio told WFLA.
In 2012, the Obama administration issued a “directive” to the Department of Homeland Security changing the way the immigration law is enforced. Obama’s executive order provides legal status for a subset of illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States before they turned 16 years of age.
Rubio warned that an Obama executive order will not address the issue of border security. “Now, we won’t get an E-Verify, we won’t get any border security. But he’ll legalize them,” he said.
Rubio’s comments begin at 4 minutes in the video below.
The senator said the issue of illegal immigration cannot be ignored. “Unless we’re going to try to round up and deport 11 million people, something that not even the most vociferous opponent of the bill proposed, then we are going to have to at some point address this issue.”
This article was posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 12:46 pm