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Rubio defends support for in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants



Marco Rubio on Sunday defended his support for in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants.

"It was a very narrowly drafted bill. You had to have a certain GPA, you had to live in the U.S. a long time, you had to graduate from a Florida high school," Rubio said on ABC's This Week.

The Florida Republican was referring to legislation he championed in the state Legislature in 2004. It did not pass while Rubio was in office but advance later and was signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott in 2014.

"It was very narrowly tailored to high-performing students who found themselves in a situation where they were brought here by their parents when they were 5, didn’t even speak another language except English and therefore couldn’t attend college because they were being charged like they were from out of state," Rubio said. "They still had to pay for college but they paid for what people paid when they lived in Florida."

Pressed if he stood behind that, Rubio replied: "Yes, of a narrowly tailored bill like that, absolutely. In fact, the Florida legislature came back years later, after I had left the legislature and passed it with a vast majorities of Republicans voting for it and a Republican governor signed it. That’s different -- we didn’t legalize anybody. That’s the issue here."

He then turned to Ted Cruz. "When it comes to Ted, he has changed his position on immigration all over the place. I mean, he used to be against birthright citizens -- or he used to be for birthright citizenship; now he says he’s against it."



[Last modified: Sunday, January 10, 2016 3:55pm]


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