Rubio: We Have To Focus On People Overstaying Visas As Well As Illegal Immigrants

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On Tuesday Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio criticized fellow candidate Donald Trump's "outrageous" comments about illegal immigrants. In an appearance on FOX Business Network, Rubio said while illegal immigrants who crossed the southern border are a problem, we also have to deal with those who are overstaying their visas. Rubio said 40-percent of illegal immigrants are people who overstay their visa.

"I think the comments he's made has allowed people that don't want to have a debate or talked about illegal immigration to distract from the very serious debate on hand," Rubio said. "And that is this: we have a broken legal immigration system and we have an illegal immigration problem that isn't just composed, by the way, of a porous border with Mexico. Forty-percent of illegal immigrants in this country are coming legally. They are overstaying visas and we are not tracking them. We have no idea who they are or where they are."

"I've said repeatedly that until we deal with that issue, we can't do anything else on immigration," Rubio declared. "And I continue to say that. That is a very legitimate position. It is one that I think most Americans agree with. And we should be focused on that."

SEN. MARCO RUBIO: Well, first of all, what happened in San Francisco is a horrible tragedy and our heart goes out to that family. That's just a horror incident. Irrespective, at the beginning, from who did it, it's just a terrible tragedy. And our heart breaks for that family. That individual, that criminal responsible for that act, had been deported on four separate occasions and each time snuck back in. And it is absolutely true that we have a border and illegal immigration issue that is very serious. I've talked about that repeatedly. I have tried to pass bills to address it. I will continue to work to try to address it...

I think that the comments he has made -- I think the comments he has made -- not about the party. I think the comments he's made has allowed people that don't want to have a debate or talked about illegal immigration to distract from the very serious debate on hand. And that is this: we have a broken legal immigration system and we have an illegal immigration problem that isn't just composed, by the way, of a porous border with Mexico. It -- 40-percent of illegal immigrants in this country are coming legally. They are overstaying visas and we are not tracking them. We have no idea who they are or where they are.

And I've said repeatedly that until we deal with that issue, we can't do anything else on immigration. And I continue to say that. That is a very legitimate position. It is one that I think most Americans agree with. And we should be focused on that. And we should not, through outrageous comments, let off the hook those people that don't want to have that debate. And so all they do is focus on what Trump said and distract from the real issue, which is the fact that we have legal immigration laws that are not being enforced.

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