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Rubio Huddles with Gutierrez, Other Dems on DREAM Act Alternative

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) told Univision that he had a fruitful conversation with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) yesterday afternoon about introducing a watered-down version of the DREAM Act.

Rubio and Gutierrez also huddled with Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Rep. Charles Gonzalez (D-Texas).

“It was a great meeting. Look, I am going to meet with anyone independent of their political party or what perceived or real political benefit my association [provides] as long as it does one thing: stop the deportations,” Gutierrez told Univision News in an interview Wednesday evening.

“He said it and we agreed with him; today was not a day for us to come together because there is no proposal to agree on," Gutierrez said of Rubio. "It was simply a conversation opening dialogue."

Under Rubio's version, certain undocumented minors would receive legal status, but not a special pathway to citizenship. Gutierrez has derided that alternative as the "Stolen Dream Act," but said he's now willing to give Rubio a chance to see how the proposal comes together.

"He asked me to give him a chance, and I’m going to wait," Gutierrez said. "...I asked him when did he think we could hear more, he said in a few weeks. Sounds great to me."