Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) did not directly answer a question put to him Monday about whether a path to citizenship for illegal aliens would spur or inhibit economic growth, but he did say that “the core” of the U.S. immigration system needs to be merit based.
At the Kemp Forum on True Growth at Google Headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Monday, CNSNews.com asked Rubio,“Do you believe that putting illegal aliens on a path to citizenship, would that be a net spur or inhibitor of economic growth?”
“The core of our immigration system in the 21st century has to be merit based,” said Rubio. “Individuals that are coming to the U.S. to work, particularly in specialized fields, or to invest, or to innovate, or help grow, and I think perhaps that’s the most fundamental reform that we need to make.”
“I think the broader point that you were asking is, is immigration good for America or not,” he said. “I think the answer is, it is generally good if it’s done appropriately, particularly in the 21st century, if it is the kind of immigration that will bring to the country–there will always be an element of people that are coming for family unification and there will always be an element of asylum and people seeking freedom–but the core of our immigration system in the 21st century has to be merit based.”
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