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Rubio: Every Republican Running Supports Immigrant Legalization

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By    |   Sunday, 20 Dec 2015 01:58 PM

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio says his stance on legalization of some illegal immigrants isn't unique in the Republican Party. In fact, he said, all of his rivals for the presidency support it in some fashion.

The spat between Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz came to a head in last week's GOP debate, with each accusing the other of supporting amnesty. Rubio said in an interview aired Sunday on that Cruz wanted some "wiggle room."

"He made it clear multiple occasions that he was against citizenship but he was open to legalization," Rubio said. "Every Republican running for president has supported or supports legalization in some form or fashion. Of people that are in this country illegally, even Donald Trump just wants to make them leave the country first, and then he'll legalize them."

Cruz's comments are fair game, Rubio said, because Cruz calls himself a "clear talker" who says what he means while "everyone else is a sell-out."

"I think it's fair to say, hold on a second, this is where you've been in the past on some issues here is where you are now," Rubio said.

As for front-runner Donald Trump's proposal for a moratorium on all Muslim immigration, Rubio said, "Donald Trump had fallen out of the headlines, rightfully, because we had the largest terrorist attack in American history since 9/11. He wanted to get back in the headlines and came up with something spectacular and outrageous so people would respond and recapture the headlines. It's not a serious proposal."

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Florida Sen. Marco Rubio says his stance on legalization of some illegal immigrants isn't unique in the Republican Party. In fact, he said, all of his rivals for the presidency support it in some fashion. The spat between Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz came to a head in last...
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