Rubio: Some want immigration issue unresolved to win electionsJun-25-2012
Potential vice presidential contender Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told the annual convention of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials that "both my head and my heart tell me that today perhaps we are as close as we've ever been to a critical turning point in the debate about immigration."
He called for a balanced approach to reforming the process of legally immigrating to the United States to reduce the waiting time for those who have followed the established process for becoming legal permanent residents.
But the Florida Republican said since joining the Senate in 2011 "I've come to realize ... how truly complicated this issue has become."
He said that there were those on both the Democratic and GOP sides who want the immigration issue to not get solved because then they can keep exploiting it for electoral gain.
"As long as this issue of immigration is a political ping-pong that each side uses to win elections and influence votes, I'm telling you it won't get solved," he said. Too many people "want it to stay unresolved; it's easier to influence elections ... ."
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