Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is declining to comment directly on Republican presidential campaign rival Donald Trump's immigration policy, which would repeal the 14th Amendment's guarantee of citizenship to immigrant children born in the U.S.
But he adds during a press conference at the Iowa State Fair that there are immigrants who, in his opinion, misuse the intent of the provision.
Standing with Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley near the livestock pavilion, Rubio says: "There are people that come to the United States deliberately for the purposes of having a child that's a U.S. citizen."
Unlike Trump, Rubio says: "I'm not in favor of repealing the 14th Amendment."
Like several Republicans who spoke about the issue Monday, he says: "I am open to exploring ways of not allowing people in, who are coming here deliberately for that purpose."
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