Published: Aug 29, 2012 10:46 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. - Florida Senator Marco Rubio has long taken his own path when it comes to immigration, not necessarily falling in line with fellow Republicans. He had some suggestions for his party, after Republican delegates approved a hard-line stance immigration at their convention in Tampa this week.

"We do have a broken legal immigration, and it needs to be improved, and it contributes to legal immigration," Rubio told members of the press following a rehearsal for his Thursday speech at the RNC.

Rubio agrees some change needs to be made to the country's immigration policy, but the platform adopted at the convention goes beyond what Rubio and others, including Mitt Romney, have publicly called for...

Delegates approved a platform calling for no amnesty; ending lawsuits against arizona and other states with tough immigration laws; and making English the official language.

Rubio says the party is taking the wrong approach.

"The Republican party needs to become the pro-legal immigration party, not simply the anti-illegal immigration party," Rubio said.

Rubio says his party needs to recognize that many people migrate legally to thE United States every year; and Republicans-- and all lawmakers-- need to find the right balance.

"We're not going to do amnesty, we're not going to give amnesty to 12 million people. We're not going to deport 12 million people. Somewhere between those two ideas is a solution. We're not going to get there as long as this is a heavily politicized issue that both parties use to attack each other on to raise money and win elections," Rubio said.