Rubio: Illegal Immigrants Have No ‘Right’ To Live Here
GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio said Friday no one has a “right” to live or immigrate to the United States.
“You don’t have a right to illegally immigrate here,” the Republican senator said at a National Review Institute event, saying he has a problem with immigration reform advocates who say people in the country illegally have a right to stay.
“It’s not a right,” he added. “What you are appealing to is the best interest of the country. You are appealing to our morality as people. But you can’t appeal to a right. There is no right to illegally immigrate anywhere in the world.”
Attorney General Loretta Lynch, although she stopped short of saying illegal immigrants have a right to be in the country, said in her Senate confirmation hearing that those already here do have a “right and obligation” to work.
Rubio said we must be “reasonable” about the problem posed by illegal immigrants already in the country, and that after “securing the border” and “modernizing” the legal immigration system, he would grant them a path to citizenship.
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