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David Rivera: Arizona law would "absolutely not" solve illegal immigration problem

State Rep. David Rivera, the Republican front runner in the race for U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart’s seat, said Saturday morning that Arizona’s controversial immigration law would “absolutely not” solve the illegal immigration problem.

When WFOR-CBS 4 reporter Eliott Rodriguez asked on News & Views if Rivera supports or opposes the law, Rivera maintained that it is “a huge distraction from the real solutions that are necessary.”

“I think we need to focus on other things,” he said.

Would the law open the door to racial profiling?

“Hopefully with the fixes that they made in Arizona, they will address some of that,” Rivera said. “Any reasonable person is against racial profiling. I certainly am.”

Responding to criticism from Democratic opponent Joe Garcia that he backed amendments to the law that regulates flights to Cuba were ruled unconstitutional, Rivera said his intention was not to close charter-flight companies but to protect consumers.

"That's protecting the taxpayers," he said, adding that some Floridians don't want their money "subsidizing" Cuba's regime.