Marco Rubio tells Jorge Ramos that Obama undercut his alternative DREAM Act
Rubio said he was ready to present an alternative to the DREAM Act by September.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) criticized the Obama administration for failing to pass comprehensive immigration reform during an interview with Jorge Ramos.
The anchor of Univsion’s nightly newscast sat down for a quick interview with the Cuban-American senator at the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Monday.
“I was ready to present an alternative to the DREAM Act by September,” Rubio told Ramos. “Now there’s no urgency. My colleagues tell me ‘we can do it after the elections.’”
The Obama administration has begun granting deferred action to some undocumented young people brought to the United States illegally as children. The program was announced in June and only grants a renewable reprieve of two years, however, and does not confer legal status upon youth accepted to the program.
Rubio said presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan would push for a “permanent” solution to the immigration issue.
When Ramos asked Rubio how he felt about the Paul Ryan VP pick instead of a Romney-Rubio ticket, he said Paul Ryan “is the correct man” for the job of vice president.
Rubio was widely reported to be in contention for the position, but has thrown his support behind the Romney-Ryan ticket at the convention and throughout Florida, a battleground state that could swing either blue or red in November.
Rubio also touted Romney as a family man, citing his roles as a father, a grandfather, a husband, and as a member of his community and church.
“At the end of the day, I think…Mitt Romney is a very special person,” Rubio said.
Here’s original interview (in Spanish):