In Reno, Marco Rubio Calls For Immigration Fixes

Aug 31, 2015

GOP presidential hopeful Marco Rubio poses for photographs at the Peppermill Casino Monday night.
Credit Julia Ritchey

GOP presidential hopeful Marco Rubio stumped in Reno last night (Monday), the first of a multi-leg tour of the state. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey was there and has this report.

About 250 people crowded into a ballroom at the Peppermill Casino to hear Rubio outline what he thinks it will take for America to succeed in the 21st century. 

The Florida Senator spoke extensively on immigration, emphasizing his parents' journey from Cuba to the United States in the 1950s. 

"Legal immigration must be on the basis of what can you contribute?" says Rubio. "What job can you do? What business are you going to open? What skills do you have?"

Rubio says he would fix the immigration system through beefed up border security, a mandatory E-verify system for employers and a tracking database for entries and exits. 

It wasn't just his immigration stance that caught voter's attention.  

..."I had seen him in May, and I think he's even stronger now."

..."I love his energy, I love his youth, I love his vision for the future."

..."It's great to see these different views and stuff, especially Latino. He is a Latino like myself, and I definitely support that."

Those were locals Ray Rocha, Cameron Bartl and Ben Martinez. 

Rubio speaks at the Carson City Community Center today followed by stops in Yerington and Fallon.