Rubio open to changing law that separates immigrant children from parents

Rubio open to changing law that separates immigrant children from parents
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Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioBipartisan congressional commission urges IOC to postpone, relocate Beijing Games Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill to hold platforms accountable for misinformation during health crises | Website outages hit Olympics, Amazon and major banks Senators introduce bipartisan bill to secure critical groups against hackers MORE (R-Fla.) said on Sunday that he would be open to changing a law that separates immigrants from their children when they illegally cross the border into the U.S.

“We have a problem and it needs to be dealt with. The ideal scenario is that families be kept together and returned expeditiously back to their country of origin,” he said on CBS's "Face the Nation."

"We sympathize with people that are coming here," he added. "America is the most generous country in the world and ideally you wouldn't put people through additional trauma once they came into the United States."

President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Arkansas governor says it's 'disappointing' vaccinations have become 'political' Watch live: Trump attends rally in Phoenix MORE in a tweet on Saturday called the law “horrible.”

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When asked about Trump’s tweet, Rubio said he would be open to changing it.

“But the better law to change is to secure our border and to send a clear message that you cannot continue to enter the United States illegally,” he added.

“It is actually inhumane not to secure our border because we are sending out a message that is encouraging people to come here. We have to understand a lot of these people that are crossing children are being trafficked here," he said. "They are being brought here by criminal groups that help guide them and often take advantage of them and brutalize them on the path towards the United States and the ability to cross that border is a magnet that is drawing this behavior.”