On Wednesday during his campaign, GOP candidate Marco Rubio claimed he understands immigration better than other presidential hopefuls. He made this assertions in Iowa during his campaign proclaiming that enforcing the United States’ immigration laws does not constitute an anti-immigrant stance.
His claims were built on his long association with immigration issues. “Both of my parents were immigrants,” he explained, noting that every member of his wife, Jeanette’s family are immigrants. Rubio continued, saying that all of his neighbors “are immigrants,” remarking that he grew up “in a community of immigrants.”
The Florida senator said some more alongside South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, who on Tuesday announced he would be supporting Marco Rubio in his state’s primary.
“… I can tell you as the son of immigrants, raised and living in a community of immigrants, enforcing our immigration laws is not anti-immigrant,” he said.
Marco Rubio seen as vulnerable in immigration issues has a track record on immigration. In 2013, as Republicans were still smarting after Mitt Romney’s loss and contemplating how to better reach out to Latino voters, Rubio joined with Democrats in a push for comprehensive immigration reform. He has since distanced himself from the effort, while attacking rivals like Ted Cruz for his own amendment to the so-called Gang of Eight reform effort.
Marco with great national security credentials love his counterparts, has preferred pushing this angle while not ignoring his past legislative push on immigration. His credential on security has become more pronounced since the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California.
Gowdy claimed he U.S. has “a problem. He spoke in favour of Rubio’s policies in Immigration and claimed the US shouldn’t apologize for vetting immigrants.
“If I were not convinced that Marco Rubio were the best candidate on national security including border security, interior security and employment security, I would not be in Iowa right now,” Gowdy told the audience in Pella.
Rubio finished off saying: “… when I am president, we will be guided by a very simple principle: If we cannot confirm and know 100 percent for sure who you are and why you are trying to come, you will not be allowed to enter the United States. This is not hateful. This is common sense.”