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Rubio probably won't produce own immigration bill



It's a twist on that old Wendy's commercial: Where's the bill?

Since Sen. Marco Rubio made his big splash on immigration two weeks ago, he has done a masterful job selling reform to conservative commentators. But his principles are just that, a broad outline. "We’d like to see the next step from the senator and that’s to start putting some language out there,” said Ali Noorani of the National Immigration Forum.

But it's unlikely Rubio will produce his own legislation.

Rather, aides say, he's expecting the ideas will be incorporated into a bill a bipartisan group of senators is preparing to release, as early as next week. Leaders of that group, which includes Sens. Chuck Schumer and John McCain, approached the Florida Republican in December to get him on board. Rubio, in return, has pushed his framework, which emphasizes enforcement measures and raises the bar on a path to citizenship.

Rubio has faced lingering criticism for never producing a bill for his alternative to the Dream Act. He says that President Obama, who administratively gave work permits to young immigrants, damaged that effort.

[Last modified: Friday, January 25, 2013 8:31pm]


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