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Gov. Scott calls on Congress to help 'Dreamers'

Qualifies statement to say he opposes ‘illegal immigration’<br>
Florida Gov. Rick Scott talks with the media after addressing members of the Florida Senate Finance and Tax Committee on Jan. 11, 2016, at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee. [SCOTT KEELER  | Times]
Florida Gov. Rick Scott talks with the media after addressing members of the Florida Senate Finance and Tax Committee on Jan. 11, 2016, at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
Published Sep. 1, 2017|Updated Sep. 1, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott issued the following statement this evening saying President Obama was “wrong” to use an executive order to protect young immigrants, but said Congress should do something.

“President Obama was wrong to address the Dreamers issue by Executive Order. He should have done it in conjunction with Congress, which is how we make laws in our democracy. But this issue must be addressed. I do not favor punishing children for the actions of their parents,” Scott said.

“These kids must be allowed to pursue the American Dream, and Congress must act on this immediately. I am encouraged by the approach Congressman Carlos Curbelo and Senator Thom Tillis are working on to address this problem.

“I want to be very clear: I oppose illegal immigration, and everything else that is illegal. We must secure our borders and the federal government is irresponsible in not doing so. Every single bit of immigration policy becomes much simpler once we secure our borders and put an end to illegal immigration. We must also not allow so-called sanctuary cities to defy our nation’s laws and we must vigorously vet every potential immigrant. Failing to do that is irresponsible.”

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