Marco Rubio says he would come to the U.S. illegally if he had to
citizen and could not provide food for his family, he says he would
cross the border illegally to come to the United States.
While discussing immigration policy in his new memoir, An American Son,
Rubio called for "common decency" in dealing with undocumented
immigrants and said that if put in a similar position as those who are
fleeing destitution, he would break the law, too.
"Many people who come here illegally are doing exactly what we would
do if we lived in a country where we couldn't feed our families," Rubio
writes in his book, which went on sale Tuesday. "If my kids went to
sleep hungry every night and my country didn't give me an opportunity to
feed them, there isn't a law, no matter how restrictive, that would
prevent me from coming here."
Rubio, a member of a political party
that has largely opposed efforts to extend a path to citizenship to
those in the country without documentation, has been crafting his own
version of an immigration reform bill that would let some children of
undocumented immigrants avoid being deported.
Rubio is considered a possible vice presidential running mate for
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who spent the primary
season voicing opposition to an immigration plan that would give those
who came illegally permanent residency or citizenship without returning
to their home country first.
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