Rubio was asked during Wednesday night's episode of “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News how he would "stop the humanitarian disaster down there" if he was in the White House.
“Well first of all, it wouldn't have happened because I never would've signed an executive order granting deferred action to those who were in this country illegally,” Rubio told host Bill O’Reilly.
Rubio somewhat defended President Obama, saying his executive order giving legal status to some young migrants showed a “tremendous amount of compassion,” but that it was not the solution.
“That wasn’t the right way to do it,” Rubio said. “It sent the message that actually invited people to come, and you see the disaster that has followed.”
When asked what he thought about polls showing the American people have a low level of confidence in congressional Republicans to solve the immigration issue, Rubio said the blame fell on everyone.
“I think it’s an indictment of all of Washington, of the failure for more than a decade to deal with a problem that we know exists,” he said.
Watch the interview: