Marco Rubio

“I don’t think you’re gonna round up and deport 12 million people,” Marco Rubio said. | Getty

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Politico

By Isaac Arnsdorf
Published: 01/17/16 – 09:05 AM EST
Updated: 01/17/16 – 12:30 PM EST

Sen. Marco Rubio says people who immigrated to the U.S. illegally but haven’t committed any major crimes could be allowed to stay.

In an interview airing Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the Florida contender for the Republican presidential nomination said felons shouldn’t be allowed to stay, but those who commit lesser crimes could still qualify. He didn’t specify whether those allowed to stay would ever be able to become citizens.

“If you’re a criminal alien, no, you can’t stay. If you’re someone that hasn’t been here for a very long time, you can’t stay,” he said. “I don’t think you’re gonna round up and deport 12 million people.”

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