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Rubio praises Supreme Court decision blocking Obama's immigration plan



Sen. Marco Rubio praised the Supreme Court decision today blocking President Obama's plan to expand a program that has shielded young immigrants from deportation.

The plan, which would have protected parents, was blocked by a 4-4 decision.

“This is the right decision," Rubio said. "No matter what solutions one may prefer to fix our broken immigration system, those policies must be pursued and passed into law by Congress. Immigration policy cannot be imposed on the country based on the whims and political goals of a president,” said Rubio. “While the Supreme Court’s decision makes clear that President Obama has acted lawlessly, it does not leave Congress off the hook either. This is also another reminder of how important who fills the vacancy on the Supreme Court is. We have a disastrous immigration system that needs to be fixed, and Congress needs to take the lead in doing so by starting by securing our borders and enforcing our laws.”

Rubio of course worked on the 2013 Senate immigration bill then distanced himself from it as conservative outrage grew. He now supports a piecemeal approach.

Democratic Senate rival Patrick Murphy blamed Rubio saying he "shamefully walked away from immigration reform and abandoned his responsibility to fill the open Supreme Court seat when the politics no longer suited him. When given the opportunity to lead, Marco Rubio broke the trust of million of families and once again put himself and his political ambition before what is best for our state. We need a Senator who will take action on the challenges facing our country, fight for Florida families, and actually do their job. I will be that Senator for Florida.”

[Last modified: Thursday, June 23, 2016 12:57pm]


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