In the new memoir An American Son, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) — the son of Cuban immigrants — reveals that he would be willing to cross the border into the United States illegally to provide a better life for him and his family:
“Many people who come here illegally are doing exactly what we would do if we lived in a country where we couldn’t feed our families,” Rubio writes in his book, which went on sale Tuesday. “If my kids went to sleep hungry every night and my country didn’t give me an opportunity to feed them, there isn’t a law, no matter how restrictive, that would prevent me from coming here.”
Rubio has been exploring the possibility of introducing a Republican-backed version of the DREAM Act, but announced on Monday that he is unlikely to pursue the effort in the wake of President Obama’s directive asking the Department of Homeland Security to defer deportations for some undocumented young people.
The senator has called Obama’s directive “welcome news,” but claimed that Obama is “dividing even Hispanics against other groups of Hispanics” with his order. It “sets back our efforts to arrive at a balanced and responsible approach to this issue. It poisons the well. It leads to mistrust,” Rubio claimed.
Nina Liss-Schultz contributed to this post.