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Rick Scott appears to support Curbelo’s immigration plan, but how would he vote?

The governor tweets his enthusiasm for a plan to bypass congressional leaders.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks at the 2018 White House Business Session with the nation's governors on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 in the State Dinning Room of the White House. [Olivier Douliery | Abaca Press | TNS]
Published Jun. 8, 2018
Updated Jun. 8, 2018

From The Miami Herald's Alex Daugherty:

Gov. Rick Scott appears to be on board with Rep. Carlos Curbelo's plan to bypass House Speaker Paul Ryan and force a slew of immigration votes, putting Scott in line with Democrats and a small group of moderate Republicans as he challenges Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

But while Scott offered support for Curbelo's idea to force action, it isn't clear what types of immigration policies he would champion if he wins a Senate seat.

Here's what Scott tweeted Thursday night:

Scott's campaign confirmed he supports Curbelo's effort to force votes in Congress but did not offer an endorsement for specific immigration-related bills.

Scott first ran for governor in 2010 as an immigration hard-liner who was in favor of an Arizona-style law on illegal immigration. He outlined his views in a USAToday op-ed earlier this year.

Scott has said in the past that he does not support deporting 1.8 million immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children, a position that most Republicans and President Donald Trump share.

Scott has demanded that Congress pass legislation that protects the young immigrants from deportation while securing the border, a wide-ranging policy position that could include a bill prompted by Trump that failed to garner 40 votes in the Senate earlier this year. Scott also supports the USA Act, a bipartisan proposal that provides a pathway to citizenship for young immigrants while also providing funding for a "smart wall" at the U.S.-Mexico border.

It's not clear where Scott stands on four immigration-related bills that failed in the U.S. Senate earlier this year. Two bipartisan compromises received a simple majority but failed to clear the required 60-vote hurdle after a majority of Republicans voted against them, including Sen. Marco Rubio.

A bill promoted by the White House, which provided a path to citizenship in exchange for border security funding and cuts to legal immigration, got 39 votes in the Senate. Nelson voted for the two bipartisan compromise proposals and against the Trump-sponsored bill.