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Sen. Marco Rubio seeks middle ground on immigration as Hispanic voice for GOP



Two years after embracing hard-line immigration positions during his rapid political climb, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is on a difficult quest for middle ground.

He emerged on the issue late last year with calls for less heated rhetoric and is now working on an alternative to the Dream Act.

The plan, not yet public, is generating widespread discussion, underscoring Rubio's status and potential as a Hispanic voice for the GOP. It would grant legal status to children of illegal immigrants, but not a path to citizenship, as the Dream Act would.

"You have to wait in line, but you get to wait in line in the U.S. legally," Rubio said in an interview.

His leap into the contentious immigration issue carries great risk and reward, both for his personal ambitions and the GOP, which is staring wide-eyed at a growing Hispanic population turned off by the tone of debate and aggressive enforcement policies. (story here)

[Last modified: Sunday, April 8, 2012 7:47pm]


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