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Rubio changes stance on Trump deportation plan: ‘Invasion of the country’

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) has reversed his stance on former President Donald Trump’s deportation plan, which he had criticized as “not a viable plan.”

Rubio appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday and was asked if he supported President Trump’s plan to use the military to deport illegal immigrants, and he said, “Yes.” “We can’t accept the 25 million, 30 million people who came into this country illegally. They’re here illegally. What country can tolerate that?”

The comments appeared to be in stark contrast to Mr. Rubio’s previous positions on the issue, particularly as Mr. Trump’s chief rival in 2015. Mr. Rubio then criticized President Trump’s plan to round up and deport millions of illegal immigrants living in the United States. .

President Trump says if elected, he will launch “the largest internal deportation operation in American history”

Sen. Marco Rubio attends a press conference with other members of Congress. (Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

“We have 12 or 13 million people who have lived here for a long time. There is no practical way to round up and deport 12 or 13 million people, and our country… You don’t want to do that anyway. You need to deal with it in a series of ways, but you won’t be able to do it with one big law, as we did two years ago. I understand,” Rubio said. He campaigned in Iowa in 2015, Politico reported.

President Trump has vowed to carry out a mass deportation plan if he wins the November election, promising last month to deploy the National Guard if necessary to deport illegal immigrants.

Mr. Rubio acknowledged that there are millions more people in the country now than there were at the time of his NBC interview, but there was a risk that the United States would not be able to properly vet the incoming flow of migrants. He argued that “drastic” action was justified.

Marco Rubio in October

senator marco rubio (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc, via Getty Images)

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“We’re going to have to do something drastic to get people out of this country who are here illegally, especially people who don’t know anything,” Rubio said.

Asked why his stance has changed since the anti-Trump protests nearly a decade ago, Rubio insisted that the situation itself has changed since then.

“When I said that in 2013 when I was working on immigration reform, there were 11 million, 12 million people who had lived here for more than 10 years, and now we’ve gotten to almost that number in just the last three years. ” Rubio said. He noted that he believes some of the recent arrivals may be “terrorists.”

Migrants pour into El Paso border gates

On March 21, 2024, a group of migrants stormed the border and attempted to enter the United States, mowing down Texas National Guard troops before being stopped. (James Breeden, New York Post/Mega)


“This is not immigration. This is mass immigration,” Rubio said. “This is an invasion of the state.”

Rubio’s office did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.