A group of college-aged protesters interrupted Senator Marco Rubio during his speech at the Road to Majority conference on Thursday, demanding amnesty for illegal immigrants as they were escorted out of the Washington D.C. luncheon.
Senator Rubio was discussing what the title of this conference meant to him when he was cut off by young adults screaming from the back of the room.
“DAPA, IMPLEMENT DAPA,” the protesters yelled.
DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents) — implemented in 2014 by President Obama and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services — allows parents with children who are legal American citizens or permanent residents to request government authorization to temporarily stay in the country without fear of deportation.
Rubio remained calm and took a sip of water. “I’ll continue my speech in a second,” he said.
“That’s the difference with the United States,” Senator Rubio said over the audience’s applause for the officers taking the protesters out of the luncheon. “If you do that in another country, you would be in jail tonight.”
“If you do that in another country, your family’s house could be raided, your businesses can be closed, and American people have the right to interrupt speeches, we have the right to be rude, they have a right to be wrong,” the Florida Senator said.
“We live in a free society and I thank God for that everyday.”