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Sen. Rubio: Lawmakers 'Trying to Offer a Breakthrough' on Immigration

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By    |   Tuesday, 06 February 2018 03:20 PM

Lawmakers at work on proposals to address immigration issues are all at beginning stages, looking for a "breakthrough," said Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

"I think everyone is just trying to figure out how to make a breakthrough here, and what our starting point should be," Rubio said Tuesday on Fox News' "America's Newsroom."

Rubio was commenting on a bipartisan plan offered by Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Chris Coons, D-Del., that offered protection for people in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) plan, but did not provide funding for a border wall.

"I'm not sure that Sen. Coons is offering that as the final bill. I think his argument is this is where we should start from, and build off of that," Rubio said on "America's Newsroom."

"The president has a plan. He clearly wants to do border security. We support that. I support it, and he wants to do something about people under DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)," Rubio said, referring to people brought to the U.S. as children by illegal immigrants.

The senator said that citizenship for those in the program would open the door to chain migration of other relatives, so that issue must be addressed.

"My argument is we need to have a plan B that does border security and something for the people that are under DACA now, in case all else fails," Rubio said in the interview.

Proposals are at the beginning stages, Rubio said.

"I wouldn't worry too much about people putting out ideas, ultimately. There's going to be a debate on the floor, things are going to be added or taken out . . . I don't think any of that slows down the progress," the senator said on "America's Newsroom."

"I don't think people thinking about or putting things out is in and of itself an impediment, so long as that is not their take it or leave it proposition," the senator said in the interview.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump again called for an end to chain migration and the visa lottery. Those programs are "outdated," Trump said in a tweet.

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