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Democrats hit Marco Rubio with mailers on immigration reform

New campaign mailers paid for by the Florida Democratic Party aim to link Marco Rubio to Donald Trump on immigration reform issues.

New campaign mailers paid for by the Florida Democratic Party aim to link Marco Rubio to Donald Trump on immigration reform issues.

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U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy is getting help from the Florida Democratic Party as he tries to make U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio's positions on immigration a key issue this week.

As Murphy has been meeting with immigration reform activists this week, mailers from the Democratic Party are hitting mail boxes slamming Rubio for once supporting comprehensive immigration reform but now supporting repealing President Barack Obama's executive actions that have blocked more than 750,000 children of undocumented immigrants from being deported at least temporarily.

"Marco Rubio's Flip-Flop Could Deport 800,000 children," the new mailer says.

The mailer is based on Rubio working in 2012 to create legislation to help Dreamers, children brought to the U.S. at a young age by undocumented parents. Many of those children have lived most of their lives in the United States, but once they graduate from high school they face the prospected of being deported. But Rubio's efforts never led to any legislation. He said in an interview last week that President Barack Obama deserves blame for that. In the summer of 2012, Obama announced he was taking executive action to grant Dreamers temporary protections from the law. Rubio said it was an unconstitutional act and stopped all progress on the issue on Capitol Hill.

"It is an unconstitutional order and it exceeds the power of the president," Rubio said in an interview with the Times/Herald last week.

Rubio has said the next president needs to repeal Obama's executive order, even though immigration activists have opposed that and warned it could threaten more than 750,000 children of undocumented immigrants with deportation. In the Democratic Party's mailers, they say Rubio "now stands with Donald Trump who wants to deport 800,000 undocumented children."

Rubio's campaign in a statement on Monday fought back by accusing Murphy of distorting Rubio's record on helping the Dreamers and saying it's Murphy who has not done much to work with the Hispanic community during his four years in the House.

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 10:26am]

    

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