Facing political attacks, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is leading an intense defense of the newly introduced immigration-overhaul bill with a flurry of public statements, a “Reform Facts” web page and a speech on the Senate floor. “This is a reasonable way to deal with a real problem,” the Florida Republican, looking stern, told the Senate on Thursday. “The alternative is to do nothing. “What we have today is devastating and horrible for our economy,” he added, citing public costs when those who are here illegally rely on public hospitals or drive without licenses or insurance. Doing nothing, he said, amounts to an “amnesty. And “amnesty” is just what critics are calling the bill that Rubio and a bipartisan group of seven fellow senators introduced this week.
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