Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” former presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s proposals of a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States or mass deportation of undocumented immigrants living and working in America are not going to happen.
On mass deportation Rubio said, “Well, I’ve said this before. Donald’s argument is that he’s going to create this program, and the reality of it is he can’t do it. You can’t round up and deport 11 million people. There are people that need to be deported. Criminals need to be deported. But you can’t round up and deport 11, 10, 9 million people. The American people wouldn’t stand for it once they saw what it would take to make that happen. And what’s why I argue for piecemeal step-by-step approach which begins with enforcement and I think leads to the confidence we need from the American people to do something reasonable but responsible about people facing these circumstances.”
He added, “I think there are people that need to be deported, criminals, people that are dangerous, quite frankly, people that haven’t been here that long. there have to be cut off points. I don’t think that’s what’s going to happen no matter what he says on the campaign.”
On the ban on Muslims Rubio added, “Temporary ban on Muslim immigration. That’s not going to happen. We talk about ISIS and the need to defend ISIS and one of our great partners in defeating ISIS is Kurds and Kurdistan. Who I visited a few weeks ago. They’re Muslims. You go and see some of our troops around the world who are on the front line work alongside these communities to defeat ISIS. They’re Muslim pumps see our best allies in Jordan. Our allies in that reach than are working to us to defeat ISIS. They’re Muslims. You look at communities in America who are reporting to the FBI, we’ve got a radical here in our midst. They’re Muslims. So it’s just — that’s not a real proposal. It’s not something that’s going to happen.”