The Illinois Democrat, Congress's most vocal proponent of immigrant rights, is trying to rally lawmakers behind the comprehensive immigration reforms that conservatives in Congress have blocked for a decade. In Rubio -- a Cuban-American seen as presidential material in the Republican Party -- Gutierrez hopes he's found the GOP ally who can get a plan over the finish line.
"He'll play a critical role -- a necessary, critical role," Gutierrez said. "He is a new voice of the Republican Party. He's a youthful voice. And he was one of the first people who got it; he got it before the Nov. 6 -- how should we call Nov. 6? -- shellacking."
The drive to reform the immigration system has gained steam following President Obama's election victory, in which he took more than 70 percent
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