Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Rubio: Obama immigration move "borders on unconstitutional"

On Fox News last night, Marco Rubio wasn't quite ready to dub Barack Obama's immigration move as "unconstitutional", but he did say it ignored the constitution and bordered on unconstitutional.

Further, he reserved the right to upgrade and outright call it "unconstitutional" in the future.

"I think it borders on unconstitutional. It's not that I don't want to tell you that it's unconstitutional, because I probably am going conclude that it is. But I think it is a strong statement, and before I say that I should study all of the applications of the law to make sure that is exactly the case."

Let me put it this way. I think it ignores the constitution. I don't think it is constitutionally defensive. I think he had reached that conclusion. And I think I believe that after I'm he fully done analyze analyzing the situation I think all of us will arrive at the conclusion this is unconstitutional."



Here's the transcript.

VAN SUSTEREN: Is the president signing the executive order, is it an unlawful exercise of power? Was it an unconstitutional move?

RUBIO: I certainly think it ignores the constitution.

VAN SUSTEREN: Are you saying sort of politely it was unconstitutional?

RUBIO: Let me say the president believed it was unconstitutional not so long ago, and something changed in his mind. I think it was probably the proximity of the elections that he was willing to do something like this.

VAN SUSTEREN: You are a lawyer. What do you think?

RUBIO: I think it borders on unconstitutional. It's not that I don't want to tell you that it's unconstitutional, because I probably am going conclude that it is. But I think it is a strong statement, and before I say that I should study all of the applications of the law to make sure that is exactly the case.

Let me put it this way. I think it ignores the constitution. I don't think it is constitutionally defensive. I think he had reached that conclusion. And I think I believe that after I'm he fully done analyze analyzing the situation I think all of us will arrive at the conclusion this is unconstitutional.