NBC NEWS | Sen. Marco Rubio really wants nothing to do with President Barack Obama’s immigration backup plan. Rubio’s office on Tuesday released a statement insisting that the plan the Florida Republican is working on has “major differences” from the White House blueprint that was leaked to USA Today over the weekend. Spokesman Alex Conant pointed to a number of measures they say are missing from the White House plan: tying the a path to citizenship to border security, a new visa exit system and a plan to deal with future immigrants. And Conant said no one in Rubio’s office has met with the White House to talk immigration.
White House spokesman Jay Carney addresses whether the release of a draft immigration bill was done on purpose. “President Obama and the White House staff are not working with Republicans on immigration reform. Senator Rubio’s office has never discussed immigration policy with anyone in the White House,” Conant said.