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After Obama move on deportations, Rubio 're-evaluating' Dream Act strategy



Sen. Marco Rubio is "re-evaluating" his strategy after President Obama on Friday announced his administration would block deportations of young illegal immigrants and allow them to obtain work permits -- a move that tracks what Rubio was trying to accomplish with his Dream Act alternative.

"Frankly, the president's executive action take a lot of momentum out of Sen. Rubio's push for a consensus, legislative solution," spokesman Alex Conant said. "The president's action undermines the urgency to pass something before the election -- a hard enough prospect during an election year even before the newly inflamed politics surrounding the issue."

Republicans were angered by Obama's move, seeing the new policy as circumventing Congress but also deriding it as job-stealing amnesty (by that view, they must think Rubio's proposal, which would create nonimmigrant visas, was amnesty as well.)

But even as Rubio had yet to release his proposal, the dynamic has shifted. Republicans have dug in and Democrats may now feel that anything short of the full Dream Act is unacceptable.

"As you know, Sen. Rubio was working hard to find a permanent solution to this issue, meeting with Republican senators and Dream kid activists as recently as last week, and we were not briefed -- let alone consulted -- before the administration made his announcement," said Conant. I expect (Rubio) will keep working the issue. but we need to re-evaluate our legislative strategy."

Rubio appeared Monday night on Fox and discussed the issue.

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 12:54am]


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