MIAMI (CBS4) – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio wants his party to tone down its position on immigration.

Fearing that the Republican party’s view on immigration reform turns off Hispanic voters, the 40-year old senator from Florida wants the GOP to adopt a pro-legal stance, according to CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald.

In a poll last August by Latino Decisions, an overwhelming majority of those surveyed – 72 percent – said they felt Republicans either “didn’t care” or were “hostile” to the Latino community.

While his message sends a welcoming note to Hispanic voters, Rubio is trying not to alienate grass-roots conservatives who helped him win the 2010 election. They have been pushing for tighter immigration reforms.

If the party does tone down its immigration rhetoric, experts said it will help them in Latino heavy states like Florida, Virginia, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico.

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Comments (3)
  1. Jose Delgado says:

    Rubio reminds me of the two traffic judges caught speeding over the same weekend..To make it look fair they decide to try one another..the first one pleads guilty and gets a $ 10 fine.. the second pleads guilty as well and gets a $ 1,000 fine and 30 days in jail…when he asks for an explanation as to the severity of the punishment, the other judge replies.. ” It seems we have a speeding problem in our town and I aim to stop it right now.”

  2. Melinda Ferrell says:

    The only reason the Latino community is in fear is because part of their families are probably illegal. Get over yourself you need to support the laws of the land if you want to get ahead in this country because the day of looking the other way is about to end when this country is taken back by its own.

  3. lis says:

    Republicans are not hostile to the Hispanic community. They are hostile to having to feed, and give medical help to illegals, when we can’t even provide for our own as of right now. I’m all for helping others, but we need to help ourselves first. Illegals don’t vote anyway so who cares what they think.

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