Presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio told FOX News Sunday host Chris Wallace he still believe in comprehensive immigration reform, but the votes just aren’t there. Rubio this is due to the 2014 border crisis and “unilateral actions the president took in his executive orders.”
Rubio acknowledged former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Virginia) “partially lost” the Republican primary in 2014 because of his support for comprehensive immigration reform.
“The problem is the votes aren’t there in the House,” Rubio said Sunday. “And as you know, for example, the Majority Leader of the House partially lost his election on the perception that he was in favor of immigration reform and that impacted the way others voted as well.”
Rubio also surprisingly said there is support for comprehensive immigration reform, but Congressmen and women “are going to vote based on what they’re hearing from their constituents and others.”
“Clearly leaders stand for the idea you need to do something but you also have to deal with the reality that in the political process people are going to vote based on what they’re hearing from their constituents and others,” Rubio told Wallace.