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Rubio builds his case with Dream Act proponents



Marco Rubio knows a little something about political strategy and as he prepares his Dream Act alternative, he's reaching out to some of the public faces of the issue, including Gaby Pacheco of Miami.

Pacheco, of the advocacy group United We Dream, says in this CNN interview that while Rubio's plan would not offer a way to citizenship, it's something. Pacheco says Democrats are just offering promises, and she sounds a critical note by saying the White House has not responded to a request for a meeting.

"We are not committed with Republicans or Democrats; we want the Dream Act to pass," Pacheco says.

Rubio says he's been meeting with young people in Washington and Miami to solicit ideas for the legislation, which has gotten a lot of attention yet is still unreleased.

"I'm not just interested in what politicians think or even interest groups. I'm much more interested in the kids that are being impacted. "I want to craft a solution that deals with them, with real life stories, with real life people," he told us earlier this month. "So I'm coming back to my 100 Ideas 'idea raisers' concept ... Sitting down with them and really trying to understand their personal predicaments and how we can address those both short-term and long-term

[Last modified: Sunday, April 29, 2012 11:24pm]


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