Vargas Cites Rubio Book To Question More Funding For Border Security

Define American Founder and “White People” Director Jose Antonio Vargas cited a quotation from Florida Senator and Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio’s book, “An American Son” to question whether its worth increasing funding for border security on Wednesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Kelly File.”

Vargas said that the rise of Donald Trump “speaks to just how little the American public knows about the issue, at least the ones supporting Donald Trump. The facts that are not really out there when it comes to how Donald Trump talks about this issue. I mean, two things that I think [are] really, really crucial, right? 40% of the undocumented population in this country overstayed their visa, they didn’t cross that border. We have spent, since 9/11, $100 billion in border enforcement. How many more billions of dollars should we spend…as a country? And by the way, Megyn, you just had Marco Rubio a few minutes ago. You know, in his book in June 2012 called ‘[An] American Son,’ he actually wrote, and I quote this, in his book, ‘If my kids went to sleep hungry every night, and my country didn’t give me an opportunity to feed them, there isn’t a law, no matter restrictive, that would prevent me from coming here.'”

Vargas was also asked if there were any GOP candidates he would support, after pointing out that he can’t vote, Vargas said, “I would really love to hear Jeb Bush, and his actual plans. Again, this is the number one thing that we heard from people who follow Define American online. The question is, this is actually a question from somebody in Sacramento, ‘How do you plan to work with [House Speaker] John Boehner (R-OH), and the others in Congress, who are not willing to negotiate on immigration reform so that a comprehensive bill can pass both houses?’ What do they actually want to do? Specifics, not talking points, not names, none of that. Specifics, we want specifics.”

At the beginning of the interview, Vargas praised columnist and author Ann Coulter for asking the question of, “what do you want to do with us?” Which he maintained no Republican presidential candidate has answered. He continued, “unfortunately, Rick Perry is not at going to be in that big debate. But, the state of Texas for example, 1.7 million undocumented people in Texas. Half of the construction workers in the state of Texas are undocumented. What would Texas do without undocumented construction workers? What would California do without undocumented migrants, and farmers, and the workers, and the day laborers that do these jobs? So, again, what do you want to do with us? … You’re in Ohio, there’s about 12 million people in Ohio. … The exact same number of undocumented immigrants in this country. Do you want to deport all of Ohio?”

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