Rubio promises to present “permanent solution” for undocumented youths
Florida Senator Marco Rubio said Wednesday that in 2013 he will present a bill that will offer a “permanent solution” for undocumented students, now temporarily protected from deportation by the Obama administration’s Deferred Action program.
In an interview with Spanish news agency Efe, the Cuban-American Republican said the program announced by Obama in June looked like an electoral ploy and that presidential candidate Mitt Romney “wants to seek a permanent solution” for the young people known as DREAMers.
Rubio participated in a political meeting before some 200 people Wednesday, prior to the first presidential debate in Denver.
When asked about the changing stances Romney has taken on immigration reform, Rubio emphasized that President Obama has no right to criticize anyone on immigration. “His party controlled Congress for two years,” he said, “and they did absolutely nothing” to approve the DREAM Act – which would legalize undocumented students – or to move toward immigration reform.
Rubio said that when he discussed an alternative to the DREAM Act with Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate, the White House “not only did not cooperate with us but tried to prevent” the effort from moving forward.
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