In a Tuesday appearance on Fox News Channel’s “The Ingraham Angle,” Sen. Marco Rubio, R.-Fla., addressed his stance on immigration reform, insisting that the United States must build a wall on its southern border and move toward a merit-based system of immigration.
When asked by host Laura Ingraham where he stood on immigration — if it aligned with a proposal from Sens. Dick Durbin, D.-Ill., and Lindsey Graham, R.-S.C., or one from Sens. Tom Cotton, R.-Ark., and David Perdue, R.-Ga. — Rubio said he was not aware of the specifics of those plans.
“I can tell you what I believe in,” Rubio said. “I believe we do have to build a wall and improve our overall security like at airports with entry-exit. I believe we should end the diversity lottery. I’ve been saying that for about five years. I believe we should move toward a merit-based system of immigration.”
Rubio contended that people should be admitted to the country “based on what they’re going to contribute to the United States. And that’s why I’ve long called on a merit-based system of immigration irrespective of what country you’re coming from. It shouldn’t be country-based. It should be person-based.”
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In regard to addressing the issue of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, Rubio said, “I believe that we should find a way, like the president asked, to deal with the people — or many of the people — that find themselves under a DACA designation. And I think the big debate is how do you put all of that together. And the way I view it is the president’s number one priority is border security. The Democrats are insisting on DACA.”
Rubio insisted that bipartisan compromise is needed in order to accomplish immigration reform.
“And so in order to get it passed in this sort of framework we’re in now — each side is going to have to get something,” he said. “But what else gets in there is what the debate has been about.”