Is America Under Invasion? This Possible VP Thinks So—Here’s His BOLD Plan

By Maria Angelino | Monday, 20 May 2024 10:15 PM
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Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida, has sparked controversy with his recent call for the mass deportation of illegal immigrants.

His remarks were made during an interview in which he advocated for "dramatic" measures to tackle the ongoing border crisis.

These comments from Rubio come at a time when House Republicans have introduced the "Reshape Alternatives to Detention Act of 2024." This legislation is designed to address the continuous influx of illegal immigrants and asylum seekers into the United States.

In an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" with host Kristen Welker, Rubio was asked about his stance on former President Donald Trump's plan to establish detention camps for illegal immigrants and deport "more than 11 million undocumented immigrants."

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Rubio began his response by stating that the figure of 11 million is "outdated," suggesting that the actual number of illegal immigrants in the country could be "upwards of 20, 25, maybe 30 million." He then addressed Welker's question directly, stating, "The answer to your question is, yes, we cannot absorb 25, 30 million people who entered this country illegally. They are here illegally. What country on Earth would tolerate that? We don't even know who most of these people are. They talk about vetting. Vetting them with what? They're coming from nations that don't even have documented systems in many cases. Yes, we are going to have to do something. Unfortunately, we're going to have to do something dramatic to remove people from this country that are here illegally, especially people we know nothing about."

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Welker then reminded Rubio of his previous comments in 2016, where he had argued against Trump's mass deportation proposal, stating that it was not "reasonable" to suggest "you're going to round up and deport 11 million people." When asked why he had changed his stance, Rubio responded by saying that "the issue has completely changed."

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"Now, we've had almost that number in the last three years alone from all over the world, including people that I believe are terrorists, people that I believe are going to conduct terrorist attacks in this country, have given the opportunity, certainly people that were criminals in their home country. This is a completely different... This is not immigration. You ask me about immigration. This is mass migration. Mass migration. This is an invasion of the country, and it needs to be dealt with dramatically. And by the way, I'm not a big poll follower, but polls show most Americans agree on this."

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Rubio's comments come in the wake of Rep. Byron Donalds, a fellow Republican from Florida, introducing a bill aimed at overhauling the current Alternatives to Detention (ATD) program. The proposed legislation seeks to make significant changes to how immigration enforcement is conducted, including the elimination of certain ATD programs and the reallocation of funds towards increasing detention capacity.

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The bill also mandates the detention of illegal immigrants who were previously released under the now-terminated ATD programs. Senator Bill Hagerty, a Republican from Tennessee who introduced the bill in the Senate, criticized the Biden administration for allowing "a tidal wave of illegal aliens to come across our southern border, which has created an unprecedented national security and humanitarian crisis."

Hagerty further accused Biden's Department of Homeland Security of refusing to enforce existing laws and making concerted efforts to "dismantle detention and allow illegal immigrants to roam free throughout the U.S. by abusing ATD."

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