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Democrat Nelson open to Rubio plan on illegal kids

TAMPA, Fla. — Sen. Bill Nelson, Florida Democrat, said Thursday that he is open to Republican Sen. Marco Rubio’s plan to let young illegal immigrants remain in the U.S., but he questioned whether it would solve the nation’s immigration problems.

In a roundtable discussion with about three dozen students at the University of South Florida, Mr. Nelson said he remains a proponent of the Dream Act, which would grant a path to citizenship to young illegal immigrants who attend college or serve in the military.

Mr. Rubio, a fellow Floridian and the son of Cuban immigrants, is crafting a Republican alternative that would permit young illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. with their parents to apply for non-immigrant visas. They could remain in the country to study or work and could obtain a driver’s license. They could apply for legal residency later, but they would not have a special path to citizenship.

Pressed on Mr. Rubio’s plan, Mr. Nelson said he was awaiting the final version of the evolving legislation.

“If that’s the only thing we can pass, then I’m certainly open to it,” he said. “But that’s not going to solve the problem because once the child — or now-grown student — gets through, what’s going to happen to them? Are they going to sit here in legal limbo?”


Obama invites African leaders to G-8 summit

President Obama is inviting the heads of four African nations to join other world leaders at the Group of Eight summit to discuss food security on the continent.

The White House says the leaders of Benin, Ethiopia, Ghana and Tanzania will attend a discussion session May 19 at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland.

Mr. Obama abruptly announced earlier this year that he was moving the Group of 8 summit from his hometown of Chicago to Camp David. The White House said the move was aimed at facilitating a more informal and intimate discussion among leaders.

The president will still host the NATO summit in Chicago immediately following the G-8.


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