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Sens. Rubio and Cruz: Children of Cuban immigrants, but divided over path to citizenship

Cuban-American, young, Republican and beloved by the tea party. But on immigration, Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas see things differently.

Rubio is part of the Gang of 8 that revealed the contours of an immigration overhaul, which includes a pathway to citizenship. "It is not going to be an easy process, but it's certainly going to be a fair one and a humane one and one that speaks to our nation's -- to our legacy, both as a nation of laws, but also as a nation of immigrants," Rubio said.

Cruz, in a statement, took issue with that approach. “There are some good elements in this proposal, especially increasing the resources and manpower to secure our border and also improving and streamlining legal immigration. However, I have deep concerns with the proposed path to citizenship. To allow those who came here illegally to be placed on such a path is both inconsistent with rule of law and profoundly unfair to the millions of legal immigrants who waited years, if not decades, to come to America legally.”

Below, a transcript of Rubio's remarks. ... Read more

Posted by Alex Leary