Rubio Supports Romney’s Immigration Stance
Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, GOP’s most prominent Latino official, defended Mitt Romney’s immigration stance. He described the Republican presidential candidate as a mature and serious political leader. He added that Romney’s principles are in line with that of majority of Americans.
Senator Rubio spoke with reporters at a breakfast event hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. He condemned the current administration for its order to stop deportation of young illegal immigrants. He said that the president used election year politics into an issue that was he personally thinks was progressing in Congress.
Rubio has been trying to develop his own version of the DREAM Act in the Senate. He questioned why the administration has not talked with him about it. He said that if President Obama really wants a bipartisan solution then he should have reached to a Republican senator who was publicized to be working on a solution.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said that President Obama has made it clear that he is interested in a legislative solution to the problem. He said that the president has asked members of Congress for their input regarding the DREAM Act. The spokesman also criticized Romney for saying that he would veto the DREAM Act if he successfully becomes the president.
Senator Rubio stressed that there was a need to forget about political alliances in order to solve the immigration issue. He said that he wants a more methodical approach in finding a compromise. While the senator from Florida did say that more actions are needed to make the Republicans look like pro-immigration and not just anti-illegal immigration.
But at the same time, Senator Rubio defended Romney, who had a hard-line position in the Republican primaries but since then changed his approach according to President Obama’s moves. Rubio said that Democrats have a short-term advantage with Latino voters and immigration has been one of their major concerns.