A Newsweek article asks "Can Marco Rubio Save the GOP?" The article implies that Republicans need Rubio's input to counteract the negative impact of GOP immigration policies.
You might be interested to revisit Rubio's comments about illegal immigration from his first major foreign policy address, delivered Sept. 13 at Wingate University.
I believe that, all things being equal, people would rather stay in their own countries. If they have economic opportunities in their own nations, if their nations are prosperous and growing, that's my experience, and the numbers bear it out.
I'll give you a perfect example: the nation of Chile, or even Brazil. Chile is in line to get a visa waiver, and the reason why is Chileans do not — by and large — illegally immigrate to the United States because they are increasingly having economic opportunities.
And I think that one of the key things we can do to help deal with both the humanitarian and legal aspects of our illegal immigration problem is to do everything we can in Latin America — and, frankly, throughout the world — but in our own hemisphere to encourage the growth and prosperity in our neighbors. And I think we have some places where that's possible in the short term. I think we've seen great progress in places like Chile, Panama, Colombis.