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Sen. Rubio cautious on immigration deal

2013 Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) delivers remarks during the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference, on March 14, 2013 in National Harbor, Maryland. UPI/Kevin Dietsch
2013 Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) delivers remarks during the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference, on March 14, 2013 in National Harbor, Maryland. UPI/Kevin Dietsch
WASHINGTON, March 31 (UPI) — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., says reports a bipartisan group of U.S. senators have agreed on immigration reform “are premature.”

Rubio issued a written statement Saturday that sounded a cautious note amid speculation congressional Republicans and Democrats were in the home stretch on a plan to overhaul U.S. immigration laws.

The statement said the agreement among negotiators on a guest worker program for low-skilled immigrants was a step forward but not necessarily a breakthrough on a comprehensive plan, The New York Times said Sunday.

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

The Times said Rubio sounded a cautious note in a letter to Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The newspaper said it appeared Rubio was balancing his high profile role in the immigration debate with his political popularity among conservatives in the Tea Party movement.

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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