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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) addresses the final session of the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida August 30, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES  - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
Depends on what you mean by "different." Different could mean exactly the same!
Per TPM, Sen. Marco Rubio is struggling to find major differences between the bipartistan Senate immigration reform he supports and the White House draft proposal that he proclaims is dead on arrival:
“Our policy folks spent the last few hours going through the WH’s legislative proposal [and] have found major differences between what the President is proposing and what Sen. Rubio and the bipartisan group of Senators have agreed to,” Rubio spokesman Alex Conant wrote in a memo to reporters on Tuesday.

Conant said the administration proposal was “not a permanent solution” because it lacked either a guest worker program or an alternative program to deal with future immigrant workers. While the White House did include a number of new border security measures, Conant reiterated Rubio’s insistence that a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants only go into effect after the border security portion of a bill is implemented. “If passed, the US would likely have millions of new illegal immigrants in the future,” Conant wrote of the Obama proposal.

So basically the White House's draft didn't include a guest worker program and Rubio differs with the White House on when the citizenship trigger takes effect. That's it, Senator? Because the President has more than once said he favors a guest worker program, so there is no difference there. It is a draft proposal after all. That leaves the only point of contention on when the path to citizenship becomes available.

But on all the major items, namely the DREAM Act, a path to citizenship for those here illegally, clearing background checks, learning English, border security and going to the back of line, there is agreement between President Obama and Rubio. That's the meat of the bill and that is the part that conservative Republicans oppose. They oppose the DREAM Act, they oppose the path to citizenship. Their position, as evidenced by the 2012 Republican primary, is self-deportation.

If this was Rubio's attempt to separate from the president on immigration reform, this latest press release from his office didn't do the trick. By omission, they reveal the truth of the matter: Rubio is running from immigration reform because he can't convince his party to support it.

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  •  The "border security" issue (12+ / 0-)

    is a ruse to prevent citizenship.  The Republicans are trying to pull the wool over Latinos eyes, and Rubio is assisting them, but Latinos arre too smart for this.  Rs are fucked.

    Join us on the Black Kos front porch to review news and views written from a black pov—everyone is welcome.

    by TomP on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 10:55:37 AM PST

    •  Indeed it is a ruse. (1+ / 0-)
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      It's obvious that they want the border security issue to remain nebulous.  Because by saying "until the borders are secure," they can redefine what "secure" means.  Continuously.  Thus they move the goalpost and trick Latinos into thinking they give a rat's ass about their friends and family.

      Although the Rethuglicans are stupid because nobody is falling for that.  As you said TomP, they are fucked.

      "I don't want a unicorn. I want a fucking pegasus. And I want it to carry a flaming sword." -mahakali overdrive

      by Silvia Nightshade on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 11:40:59 AM PST

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    •  You're 100% right TomP. The only thing Rubio (2+ / 0-)
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      Losty, peacestpete

      wants dead is the Latino's ability to vote.
      Under Obama's plan it would take more than 13 years for them to get US citizenship.
      He just wants to hold his people down forever, if possible.

  •  Isn't the difference obvious? (8+ / 0-)

    Obama's last name starts with an 'o' and Rubio's last name ends with one. That makes the Obama plan COMPLETELY different than the Rubio plan. See?

    What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

    by ontheleftcoast on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 11:03:42 AM PST

    •  It Sucks, but to actually pass immigration reform (1+ / 0-)
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      it will probably be necessary for Republicans to convince their base that the Senate version of the bill is far less radical, Muslim, and Kenyan than the WH proposal, even if they're essentially identical.

      If you spend years convincing your base that your opponent is, literally, evil and actively seeking the destruction of the American way of life, then it's hard to convince them to turn on a dime, stop hating, and start compromising with the "Tyrant in Chief."

      Easier to simply make out Obama to be an unwilling participant in the process, who's being forced to compromise with the more reasonable (and less radical) Senate proposal.

      Reminds me of an old episode of West Wing, where, in order to win approval of Social Security reforms, the President had to remove his fingerprints from the deal and appear to have had nothing to do with the resulting compromise.

      It's sad that we've come to this -- but here we are.

      Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. --Margaret Mead

      by The Knute on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 12:05:22 PM PST

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      •  Nope. (1+ / 0-)
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        The fact is the Republican base wont support any bill that isn't exclusively a crackdown of border walls and deportations. They may be crazy but they aren't gullible.

        •  And they can continue to kiss the Latino vote (1+ / 0-)
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          goodbye. Good for us though. Republicans are trying their damned best to get more Democrats elected.

          What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

          by ontheleftcoast on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 02:01:09 PM PST

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  •  Guest workers are important (2+ / 0-)
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    We do need the guest workers, at least for agriculture.  Many of the orchards and fields in our country depend on the seasonal labor.

    We need an easy-to-administer guest worker program.  We need good protections for the workers.

    In the past the southern border was so porous that workers easily went north to work the crops and south later to return to their families.  The border security has the unintended result of sealing workers in the U.S.  The current guest worker program is an administrative failure.



  •  He looks like he needs another drink (1+ / 0-)
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    And something stronger than water this time.

    Judging by how the last week's gone for Rubio, his tenure as the GOP's Great Non-White Hope may be short lived.

    If he falls, how long before the GOP starts feting Martinez or Haley again?

  •  Pander He Must...... (0+ / 0-)

    If he accepts Obama's "leaked" draft, his base will implode.

    Marco has to throw monkey grease into the gears.  He has to get huffy & puffy & prance around like a little stooge.  They both agree on the need for new VISA reform, they both agree on employee verification, they both
    agree on tightening border security.

    Marco can't afford to go along.  He has to strut in defiance as best he can.  

    In the meantime, Marco Rubio water bottles will be sold for $25 a clip @ CPAC this year.  You go, Mario.

    Get hydrated.  Stay hydrated.  Just don't do another SOTU rebuttal.  It was brutal, man.

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