Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., had a busy day Wednesday, giving a speech about his foreign policy views, and explaining his immigration proposal to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. He met with the group's chairman, Rep. Charlie Gonzalez, D-Texas, as well as Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J. and the caucus' immigration task force chairman Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill.
They said they'd like to hear more details about Rubio's immigration proposal, aimed at keeping young people in the United States if they came illegally as children. He's been talking about the idea for weeks, partly to counter the GOP's reputation for tough talk on immigration, and also because it's a problem that thousands of children in Florida could face.
The idea --not yet a congressional bill -- is a Republican alternative to the Democratic DREAM Act, which would provide a path toward citizenship for young people who came to the U.S. as children illegally, and join the military or go to college.
Gonzalez said the Congressional Hispanic Caucus is always open to "meaningful dialogue about immigration reform," and invited Rubio to speak after hearing the Florida senator talk about immigration at the Hispanic Leadership Network in January.
"Until we know the details of his proposal, the CHC will not comment on specific provisions," Gonzalez said. "We look forward to learning more about his plan and remain committed to working with any member who aims to enact meaningful reform."