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Rubio: South Florida Heckler not Part of 'Popular Uprising'

By    |   Wednesday, 27 June 2018 12:39 PM

Sen. Marco Rubio, who was heckled during a press conference last Friday near a facility housing immigrant children, said Wednesday the person attacking him was a professional protester, not part of a "popular uprising."

"This is one guy who happens to lead an organization," the Florida Republican told Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "He's an activist who leads United We Dream" down in Miami. This place is far away. He drove down there just to do that so it's not like a popular uprising, it's one guy, a professional protester and the funny thing, the media people turn to him and said, can you be quiet so we can finish the press conference because we are here to get footage."

In addition, 95 percent of the children in the center he was visiting are unaccompanied minors, and if the center is closed, as the protester called for, it would mean putting "kids out on the street."

"Most spend 25 days on average," he said. "The reason they are there for 25 days, before we turn them over to somebody, family member, shouldn't we verify that that person is not a criminal, that person is a safe home, you know, the things you would want to do? If you close down that center, you are basically saying put kids out on the street."

Meanwhile, Rubio said he believes that the United States can help solve the immigrant crisis by working to stop violence in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, where gangs terrorize families until they flee.

"The first thing we could do help the countries defeat gangs," said Rubio. "You do that and it stops this. That's why we don't have migrants from Costa Rica, we don't have a problem with Paraguay or Chile because those countries don't have these gangs like MS-13 scouring the country."

In addition, the United States' policy that allows people to be released if they have a child with them "turns children into a valuable commodity for traffickers to give to people" and encourages people to take their children on a "very dangerous journey to the United States."

"The third thing we have to have security," he said. "We are a sovereign nation. So we need to do all three of those things if we are serious about bringing this under control. I will just say this, it is cruel to have a policy that encourages people to come here on a dangerous journey with children and that's what our current policy for years has done. That's cruel and we need to end it."

Rubio also spoke about the importance of confronting China, and praised President Donald Trump as the only president who has been willing to do that.

"What they are trying to do is have a high-tech world that they dominate and the way they will get there by stealing our stuff or buying up small American companies in key sectors," he said.

"We can't allow that to continue. If we don't do it now, it's going to be too late in 5 years and we will live in the world which Chinese dominates technology to defend ourselves and fuel an economy. We cannot let that happen."

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Sen. Marco Rubio, who was heckled during a press conference last Friday near a facility housing immigrant children, said Wednesday the person attacking him was a professional protester, not part of a "popular uprising."
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