Hemmer to Rubio: Are You Trying to 'Ride the Middle Line' on Immigration?
Bill Hemmer pressed Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) this morning on whether he's trying to "ride the middle line" on immigration policy.
Hemmer first asked about Donald Trump's controversial plan - which some argue is unrealistic - to deport millions of illegal immigrants. Trump has argued that it can be done and that President Eisenhower deported 1.5 million illegal immigrants in the 1950s.
Asked whether he'd support or denounce Trump's plan, Rubio said that there are good arguments on both sides.
He denied that he was in the middle on the issue, explaining that the first step is proving to Americans that illegal immigration is "under control and that the laws are being enforced."
"It's not a middle line, it's reality," he said.
Rubio also said the legal immigration system must be modernized to become a "merit-based" process, rather than one based on families.
If those things are done first, Rubio said he believes Americans will be "reasonable" when it comes to law-abiding, employed people who are here illegally.
He said those people should be able to pay a fine, learn English, and begin paying taxes in order to gain legal status.
"But yes, there will be people who will have to be deported," said Rubio, adding that he does not believe "you can round up and deport 11 million people."
Rubio then downplayed the recent reports that he's on the rise in the Republican race.
"The problem is that politics today is covered like a sport, who's up and who's down. At the end of the day, it's not gonna be decided by journalists or anybody else. It's gonna be decided by voters," said Rubio, adding that most GOP voters haven't made up their mind.
Watch the "America's Newsroom" interview above.