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Rubio shifts immigration focus to national security concerns

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Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is increasingly painting immigration as a national security issue rather than a question of what to do with people who are in the country illegally. The shift illustrates his ever-evolving stance on a topic that remains one of his liabilities with conservative voters.

He says radical jihadist groups such as the Islamic State are now trying to send fighters to the United States disguised as doctors and investors.

Rubio still finds himself explaining his past support for an immigration overhaul bill that included a path to citizenship for people living in the United States illegally. He now says the country needs a piecemeal approach to immigration reform, but his rivals point to his past support for the bill to call him soft on immigration.

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