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Rubio now says he'd end Obama program for young immigrants 'on my first day'



Marco Rubio now says he would immediately end President Obama’s program shielding young immigrants from deportation.

"I will on my first day in office get rid of it because it's unconstitutional,” Rubio said on CNN Thursday.

The “first day” is notable.

Ted Cruz has attacked Rubio’s immigration position in part because Rubio used more wiggle room in an interview last year with Jorge Ramos of Univision. Then, Rubio said the program would end but he indicated it would not happen right away.

“The reason is that there are already people who have that permission, who are working, who are studying, and I don’t think it would be fair to cancel it suddenly," Rubio said, according to a translation of the interview conducted in Spanish. “But I do think it is going to have to end. And, God willing, it’s going to end because immigration reform is going to pass.”

CNN asked Rubio spokesman Alex Conant about the shift and said he played down the "first day" promise.

"He has always said that DACA is unconstitutional and that it needs to end," Conant said. "As President, he'd stop people signing up for the program immediately."


[Last modified: Friday, February 19, 2016 9:47am]


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