Rubio hears out House conservatives on immigration

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Florida Senator Marco Rubio

Florida Senator Marco Rubio (AP Photo)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio has met with House conservatives skeptical of the immigration overhaul bill he helped write.

Rubio emerged to say that it’s clear the sweeping bill needs more work on border security if it’s to pass the House.

Several of the House members sounded unmoved by Rubio’s arguments and unwilling to back any immigration bill along the lines of what he’s pushing. A path to citizenship for millions here illegally is a particularly tough sell, with Rep. Paul Broun of Georgia, among others, saying he never could back such an approach.

Many in the House also prefer to take a step-by-step approach on immigration rather than the single, comprehensive bill Rubio is backing.

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