The Los Angeles Times, 12/05/2012 –
“Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said… he wants to tackle small parts of immigration reform before addressing how to create a pathway to legal status for most illegal immigrants in the U.S.
“Rather than working on one comprehensive bill, Congress should pass a series of bills that help foreign entrepreneurs, technology workers, agricultural workers and those who were brought to the U.S. unlawfully as children, Rubio said…
“…‘Portions of immigration reform can be dealt with quicker than others, he said.
“…Rubio's insistence that lawmakers start with smaller pieces of immigration reform…puts him at odds with Senate Democrats and White House officials…
“…Rubio said he was optimistic about getting something done and put the chances of ultimately creating a pathway to citizenship for some illegal immigrants in the next two years at more than 50%.
“‘This will take a while. There is not a magic solution to this. I believe we have to do it and I believe we can do it,’ he said.
“…Rubio's comments come a day after former President George W. Bush told an audience in Dallas that new immigration legislation needed to be approached "with a benevolent spirit."
“‘Immigrants come with new skills and new ideas,’ said Bush. ‘They fill a critical gap in our labor market,’ he said, speaking at a policy conference on immigration and the economy at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.”
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