Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said the crisis at the U.S. southern border was deliberately manufactured to test the strength of America’s immigration system, on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday.
“What’s happening in the border is a deliberate effort to test that system and to sort of create a crisis around it,” Rubio said. (RELATED: Jim Jordan Lobbies Lame Duck Congress To Fund Trump’s Border Wall)
He also accused the media of ignoring violence against law enforcement and said they’ve buried images of migrants throwing rocks and bottles at the authorities.
“I think what you saw this weekend, look, I saw the images. I don’t want to see images of kids being hit with tear gas and women and people running from that. No one likes those images,” he said. “What they didn’t take pictures of is the hundreds and hundreds of people there were not women and were not children who were throwing rocks and bottles at law enforcement authorities and by the way, they weren’t just attacking U.S. border security. They were also attacking Mexican authorities on the other side.”
“So what we need to do now — we need physical barriers on the border that allow us to control the flow of traffic,” he continued.
“We also need — by the way, one of the best things that we can do, if possible and we’re going to have to re-examine what we are doing about it now, is help countries like Honduras and Guatemala deal with the reasons why people are leaving in the first place,” he said. “That’s the ultimate border security. But in the short term, we have to have physical structures that protect our border and funnel traffic in a way that border security and authorities can track it better and control it better.”
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