Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 06/18/2012

Rubio: ‘It feels kind of weird’ to deport those who were brought to U.S. illegally as children

In a new interview with National Review Online, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) argues that there’s a “growing consensus” in favor of not deporting those who came to the United States illegally as children — and that “it feels weird” to deport those people.


Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). (Brendan Hoffman — Getty Images)

“There is a growing sentiment in America about these kids,” Rubio tells NRO’s Bob Costa. “If you were four years old when your parents brought you here illegally, and you have grown up here your whole life and don’t even speak Spanish, and you are your high school’s valedictorian, you have a lot to contribute to our future. It kind of feels weird to deport you.”

The statement from Rubio stands at one end of the spectrum when it comes to GOP reaction to Obama’s move last week.

On the other end is Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), who on Monday morning said in an interview on CNN that “there’s a reason” that the DREAM Act has been stalled in Congress for more than a decade.

“It hasn’t been able to pass,” Farenthold said. “Congress elected by the people, the people’s representatives have said no to this, and the president is saying yes to it.”

Farenthold appeared to contradict himself at times during the interview, however, at one point calling those who were brought to the country illegally as children “innocent victims” and at another arguing that those who were 16 years old when their parents brought them to the United States “had a say in it, and that looks more like amnesty.”

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