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Rubio: Government shutdown unlikely over immigration reform

Rubio spoke Friday at a new distribution center of the pharmaceutical wholesaler AmerisourceBergen. Photo by Amy Green

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Sen. Marco Rubio says he doesn’t expect a government shutdown over immigration reform.

But the Florida senator says he supports Republican opposition to executive action on the issue.

Rubio says the current system encourages illegal immigration because it’s too complicated and expensive to navigate.

He supports reform but says executive action from the president will do little to restore confidence in the system.

“If there was a way to prevent him from doing that I certainly would explore it, but I also would not want to do it in a way that is counterproductive, that shocks the country at a time when it needs it the least by creating some sort of government crisis.”

Rubio is seen as a possible presidential candidate in 2016.

President Barack Obama could announce a broad immigration overhaul as soon as this week.


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Amy Green covers the environment for 90.7 News. She is an award-winning journalist who has worked as a regular contributor for NPR, PEOPLE, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor and many other top news organizations. Her in-progress book on the Everglades is under contract with Johns ... Read Full Bio »