Several years ago, Sen. Marco Rubio was the face of the so-called “pro-amnesty” faction of the Republican Party — a subset of the party who believe in a pathway to citizenship for people currently in the U.S. illegally. That position helped catapult him to media prominence but has become something of a liability for him as he attempts to court staunch conservatives during his 2016 presidential run.
During his speech earlier this year at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Rubio effectively walked back his previous “amnesty” support by telling the crowd that before a pathway reform can be negotiated, the U.S.-Mexico border must be strengthened and the current legal system of immigration must be enforced harder.
On Tuesday afternoon, CNN’s Jake Tapper grilled the senator on his changing positions, pointedly asking him: “Do you still believe in amnesty?”
And the presidential candidate reiterated his CPAC comments, mainly that current law must be enforced.
Watch the rest of his comments below, via CNN:
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