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Rubio cautions against rush to legislate on immigration

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Sen. Marco Rubio, a member of the “Gang of Eight” immigration group, cautioned Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) not to rush an immigration reform bill through his committee, calling on “all views and input from all senators” to be heard.

In a letter sent to Leahy on Saturday, Rubio wrote: “I am aware that the Judiciary Committee, both under your leadership and under the leadership of your predecessors, has conducted a number of hearings related to immigration reform.”

“But they cannot be a substitute for fresh hearings to consider specific legislation as part of a national conversation,” he continues.

Rubio’s letter comes in response to Leahy stating that he intended to “proceed to comprehensive immigration reform with all deliberate speed.”

The junior senator from Florida added:

You have said that “delay for delay’s sake” would be a mistake in this matter, I agree. But excessive haste in the pursuit of a lasting solution is perhaps even more dangerous to the goals many of us share.  We owe it to the American people to get immigration reform right this time… A rush to legislate, without fully considering all views and input from all senators, would be fatal to the effort of earning the public’s confidence.

Rubio’s letter can be seen in its entirety here.

And right on cue, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), another member of the “Gang of Eight,” undermined Rubio’s position.

Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Sunday, Graham said: “We’ve got a deal.”

He added that the legislation still has to be drafted and that “it will be rolled out next week.”

Tom Tillison

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