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But while practical Republicans like Sen. McCain (R-Ariz) and Sen. Graham (R-S.C.) see the critical need to move thoughtfully and quickly, Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioSenators urge Trump to do right thing with arms sales to Taiwan Senate GOP delays ObamaCare repeal vote past recess Why liberals should support Trump — not Obama — on Cuba policy MORE (R-Fla.) is aiming to delay the process under the guise of “fresh hearings”.  Despite business and labor’s significant progress, the Florida senator is opening the parliamentary gates for known Republican obstructionist like Sen. Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsMcCaskill attended reception at Russian ambassador's residence in 2015 Sessions: Supreme Court travel ban order a victory for separation of powers Russia recalling ambassador at center of Trump campaign controversy: report MORE (R-Ala.) and Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzThree more GOP senators announce opposition to healthcare bill Club for Growth opposes Senate ObamaCare repeal bill Cruz, McConnell huddle with healthcare vote looming MORE (R-Texas) to delay, if not outright arrest the force behind the bipartisan efforts.

Even though not expressly, Senator Rubio is minimizing the value of not only the three in-depth hearings the Senate Judiciary committee has held but also the comprehensive hearings the House Judiciary committee organized under the leadership of Chairman Bob GoodlatteBob GoodlatteDems will press for no votes on 'Kate's Law' –– but not too hard Chaffetz calls for ,500 legislator housing stipend This week: Senate races toward ObamaCare repeal vote MORE (R-Va.). In calling to delay the process, Sen. Rubio is siding with Sen. Sessions and Sen. Cruz, staunch opponents of immigration reform.

Indeed, Sen. Rubio has already demonstrated a penchant of delaying and voting against critical legislation. For example, Sen. Rubio helped blocked The American Jobs Act, The Small Business Jobs And Tax Relief Act, The Paycheck Fairness Act. Most recently,  Sen. Rubio sought to kill by voting against the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which protected women who are victims of domestic violence.

Senator Rubio's hint of a possible retreat from immigration is sophomoric and shows he is more interested in headlines than fixing policy. But VAWA highlights a key aspect: a major bill can pass even without Senator Rubio.

But if Senator Rubio is urging for fresh hearings for “full consideration of border security proposals”, the Senate Judiciary Committee should inquire any suspect interest the negotiating parties may have on immigration policy, including elected officials, who have accepted donations from private immigration prisons; these prisons are profiting from breaking families apart, and have helped fund Marco Rubio’s re-election campaign.

In the end, the American people deserve an open and candid government but the American people also deserve a government that can function and deal with the pressing issues of our country. The 92 Senators he talks about will have ample time in committee on the floor to assess, debate, and respond to the legislation. Unfortunately, Senator Rubio is placing the Tea Party’s inclination to obstruct over a government that can fix problems.

Vargas is director for the DREAM (DRM) Action Coalition and national activist for the DREAM Act.