Sen. Marco Rubio said immigrants seeking asylum should not be given preference

By Andrea Torres, Local10.com Reporter, atorres@local10.com
Published On: Aug 06 2014 11:09:19 AM EDT
Updated On: Jul 22 2014 10:37:37 AM EDT

Senator Marco Rubio

MIAMI -

Sen. Marco Rubio said Tuesday that he wanted U.S. immigration authorities to stop giving preference to migrants who are seeking asylum. Migrants with job skills, he said, should be the priority.

The Cuban-American also said that the wet-foot, dry-foot policy regarding Cuban immigrants needs to be updated. The economy is not what it used to be when his parents came from Cuba in 1956, he said.

During the interview with NPR's Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep Rubio talked about the children fleeing from gang violence in Central America.

Rubio, 43, said that the U.S. does not have the capacity to absorb all of the refugees fleeing from violence all over the world.

Rubio also said that border security and updating the legal system should be a priority before the nation can decide "what to do with the 11 or 12 million human beings that are in this country illegally."

2016 ELECTION

Rubio criticized Hillary Clinton, who is likely to run for the White House in 2016. She has said that she'll announce her decision by the end of this year or early next year.

"The truth of the matter is she was the secretary of state during an administration that has had virtually no successes on foreign policy," Rubio said.

Rubio said he would make up his mind about vying to become the 2016 GOP presidential candidate by early next year.

"There's a lot of work to be done if you are going to run for president, or if you're going to run for president, or if you are going to run for re-election in a state as big as Florida," Rubio said. 

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