Published: Jun 22, 2012 6:52 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Sen. Marco Rubio believes Democrats and Republicans are refusing to compromise on solving illegal immigration issues because each party is convinced it's a more powerful political tool if left unsolved.
Rubio addressed the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials on Friday where he spoke about the need to compromise on immigration and the fact that neither party is willing to do so.
He says that while arguing about it helps politicians raise money and win votes, they instead need to find a balance between demanding law and order and being compassionate.
Rubio, whose parents immigrated from Cuba, says he was tempted to criticize President Barack Obama's handling of immigration, but he decided that he would only be adding to the divisiveness.

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