Marco Rubio has doubled down in his efforts to be the anti-Trump candidate, trying to draw a clear difference between the two on the billionaire’s key issue of immigration.
In an interview with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, Rubio was questioned about his support as a Florida state senator for in-state tuition rates for illegal immigrants.
Rubio did not back away or try to flip-flop on the issue, stating that the bill had strict requirements in order to receive benefits.
“You had to have a certain GPA, you had to live in the U.S. a long time, you had to graduate from a Florida high school,” the Florida senator said.
“It was very narrowly tailored to high-performing students who found themselves in a situation where they were brought here by their parents when they were 5, didn’t even speak another language except English and therefore couldn’t attend college because they were being charged like they were from out of state,” he continued. “They still had to pay for college but they paid for what people paid when they lived in Florida.”
He claimed credit for the bill to lower college tuition for illegal immigrants and said that years later the Republican legislature and a Republican governor approved the bill.
“Yes, of a narrowly tailored bill like that, absolutely,” Rubio said. “In fact, the Florida legislature came back years later, after I had left the legislature and passed it with a vast majorities of Republicans voting for it and a Republican governor signed it.”
Watch a clip of the interview below: