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Marco Rubio Goes After Donald Trump On Immigration

The Huffington Post logo The Huffington Post 26/02/2016 Elise Foley

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has been getting hammered over his immigration stance for months by hardliner Donald Trump. He fought back at Thursday's CNN GOP debate with a firm message. 

Rubio went after Trump over hiring immigrant workers, including the undocumented ones Trump frequently vilifies. And he came with specific examples that he repeatedly told viewers to search on Google for details. 

"If he builds the wall the way he built Trump Towers, he'll be using illegal immigrant labor to do it," Rubio said of Trump, referring to Trump's proposal to build a border wall.

Rubio was referring to a 1983 lawsuit over Trump's use of undocumented immigrant workers from Poland to build Trump Towers. Trump claimed he didn't know they were unauthorized to work, which lawyers from the other side disputed.

It seemed to get under Trump's skin when Rubio continued bringing up the matter.

"Such a cute soundpoint," Trump said.

Later, Trump said it was a long time ago.

"I guess there's a statute of limitation on lies," Rubio quipped.

Rubio had more ammunition: a New York Times report on Thursday said Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, employed hundreds of foreign guest workers, and had hired only 17 U.S. residents out of almost 300 who applied for jobs there since 2010.

"Even today, we saw a report in one of the newspapers that Donald, you've hired a significant number of people from other countries to take jobs that Americans could have filled," Rubio said. "My mom was a maid at a hotel, and instead of hiring an American like her, you have brought in over 1,000 people from all over the world to fill those jobs instead."

Trump defended his hiring of foreign workers, saying "people didn't want to have part-time jobs" and "you couldn't get help in those hot, hot sections of Florida."

Rubio also brought up that Trump had criticized 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney after he lost his election for his "crazy policy of self-deportation, which was maniacal" -- a stark difference from the mass deportation he advocates today.

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