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Sen. Marco Rubio: 'There Is No Right To Illegally Immigrate'

| by Michael Allen
Sen. Marco Rubio.Sen. Marco Rubio.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida recently appeared at the National Review Institute’s Ideas Summit in Washington, D.C., where the topic turned to the failed "Gang of Eight" immigration reform bill, which Rubio was a part of.

According to the National Review, Rubio stated:

You don’t have a right to illegally immigrate here. And one of the problems I have with the groups out there that are advocating for immigration reform, some of them, is they approach this debate with the argument that they have a right to be here. It’s not a right ... there is no right to illegally immigrate anywhere in the world.

Rubio, who is running for president in 2016, also claimed that President Barack Obama’s immigration policy had attracted undocumented immigrants to the U.S. and worsened the border crisis.

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If he is elected president, Rubio says he would secure the U.S. border and implement more policies to stop undocumented immigrants.

Rubio also said that undocumented immigrants, who have been in the U.S. for more than a decade, could get a "non-immigrant, non-permanent work visa to be in the U.S." for a "significant period of time" if they paid a fine, underwent a background check and learned English.

He added that undocumented immigrants could "at some time" then "apply for permanent residency, but you’d have to do it through that modernized legal immigration system and you’d have to do it just like everybody else, not a special process or anything of that nature."

Rubio did not say if he would make all of these sweeping changes, if he were president, with executive orders or if he would somehow pass his proposed laws through Congress.

Sen. Rubio also touched on other issue, such as the prospect of Social Security disability funds running dry. He said:

In 2016, our disability insurance program goes bankrupt; basically, it will only be able to pay out about 85 percent of what people are entitled to under the law. That is a new entitlement crisis that has not been talked about enough, that our disability insurance is also on the verge of a cataclysmic problem, and that’s literally a year and a half away.

While it is true the disability insurance trust fund will run short in 2016, former Democrat Sen. Max Baucus of Montana told The Washington Post in 2012 that Congress can channel money from other parts of the U.S. government to cover the shortfall.

Politifact reported in 2013, "From a practical standpoint, Congress and the White House are likely to act before then. A number of proposals provide ways to avoid a retiree and disabled-worker calamity, some with changes to the payroll tax, some with benefit cuts, some with both. That makes the odds slim that Social Security’s disability fund will actually go broke."

Sources: National Review, The Washington Post, Politifact
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