Florida Republican U.S. Senator Marco Rubio says President Obama's new policy halting the deportation of young illegal immigrants brought to this country as children will do more harm than good in the long run.
"Today's announcement will be welcome news for many of these kids desperate for an answer, but it is a short term answer to a long term problem," Rubio said. "And by once again ignoring the Constitution and going around Congress, this short term policy will make it harder to find a balanced and responsible long term one."
Sen. Rubio has been working on an alternative to the DREAM Act which is similar in some respects to Obama's new policy but would not give students legal status, while allowing them to stay in the United States.
Rubio, who is the son of Cuban immigrants and has been prominently mentioned as a possible running mate for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney,
"There is broad support for the idea that we should figure out a way to help kids who are undocumented through no fault of their own, but there is also broad consensus that it should be done in a way that does not encourage illegal immigration in the future," Rubio said. "This is a difficult balance to strike, one that this new policy, imposed by executive order, will make harder to achieve in the long run."