Marco Rubio: Reports of immigration deal ‘premature’

by MIKE ALLEN | Politico
March 31, 2013

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) issued an Easter morning statement saying he is “encouraged” by progress in talks on immigration reform, but added: “Reports that the bipartisan group of eight senators have agreed on a legislative proposal are premature.”

The headline of his statement, timed for release just before the Sunday talk shows: “Rubio: No final agreement on immigration legislation yet.”

Rubio, whose support is crucial if the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” is to have a deal, spoke out a day after business and union groups signed off on a temporary-worker program that appeared to be the biggest remaining hurdle for Senate negotiators.

Officials close to the negotiations say the Senate group is on track to announce a deal shortly after the Senate returns the second week of April. But Rubio made it clear in his statement that he won’t be rushed.

“I believe we will be able to agree on a legislative proposal,” he said. “However, that legislation will only be a starting point. … Arriving at a final product will require it to be properly submitted for the American people’s consideration, through the other 92 senators from 43 states that weren’t part of this initial drafting process.”

Here is Rubio’s full statement:

“I’m encouraged by reports of an agreement between business groups and unions on the issue of guest workers. However, reports that the bipartisan group of eight senators have agreed on a legislative proposal are premature.

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