Rubio's immigration push a potential lift for GOP
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's push for a Republican version of immigration legislation looks like the answer to the GOP's -- namely Mitt Romney's -- election-year prayers.
Rubio is the telegenic son of Cuban exiles and a potential vice presidential pick. He is pulling together a bill that would allow young illegal immigrants to remain in the United States but denies them citizenship.
Immigration policy and the fate of 11 million people here illegally have divided Republicans. Recent polls have shown a clear edge for Democrats with Hispanic voters. They overwhelmingly back the DREAM Act, which would provide a pathway to citizenship to children in the United States illegally if they attend college or join the military.
Rubio's alternative bill could help the GOP make headway with Hispanics.
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