Marco Rubio today in New Hampshire said he would end the Obama administration's program that has protected hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation.
He told reporters he hopes there can be legislation — something he attempted - but if Congress can’t act, “it will end. It cannot be the permanent policy of the United States.”
Rubio has made similar calls but those were more nuanced. His statement comes two days after Breitbart News blew up an interview Rubio did with Jorge Ramos in which he also said the program must end “at some point … but I’m not calling for it to be revoked tomorrow or this week or right away.”
Immigrant advocacy groups and Democrats criticized the remarks.
“Marco Rubio just said unequivocally that he would deport DREAMers whether or not Congress passes immigration reform,” read a statement from People For The American Way. “After turning his back on comprehensive immigration reform, this doesn’t come as a surprise, but it’s still deeply upsetting that Marco Rubio would be so extreme as to deport children who were raised in the United States and call this country home. There’s no question now that on immigration, Marco Rubio is as extreme as the rest of the Republican Party.”
--ALEX LEARY, Tampa Bay Times