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Florida 'Dreamers' head to capital; Rubio faces more conservative criticism

About 60 immigration activists from Florida are headed to the nation's capital as part of a press for the House to take up reform legislation.

The "Dreamers" and their parents are traveling by bus, mostly from Miami, Orlando and Tampa, said Kristin Ford, an organizer with United We Dream.

The group said hundreds of people from across the country will "call for citizenship and reject and out-of-control enforcement approach." A rally is planned for tomorrow morning, before a private House GOP caucus meeting to discuss immigration.

Meanwhile, Sen. Marco Rubio, who helped craft the Senate bill, took more heat this morning from a pair of well-known conservative commentators. Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard and Rich Lowry of National Review co-wrote a column called "Kill the bill."

"Marco Rubio says he doesn’t want to have to come back ten years from now and deal with the same illegal-immigration problem," they wrote for both publications. "But that’s exactly what the CBO says will happen under his own bill. According to the CBO analysis of the bill, it will reduce illegal immigration by as little as a third or by half at most. By one estimate, this means there will be about 7.5 million illegal immigrants here in ten years. And this is under the implausible assumption that the Obama administration would administer the law as written." 

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 11:48pm]


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