Could Obama really legalize undocumented immigrants by executive order?

Marco Rubio's claim is the latest attempt to get the GOP to budge on immigration

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With momentum on immigration reform grinding to a halt, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is trying to motivate Republicans by invoking the ultimate conservative bogeyman: President Barack Obama.

"I believe that this president will be tempted, if nothing happens in Congress, he will be tempted to issue an executive order like he did for the DREAM Act kids a year ago, where he basically legalizes 11 million people by the sign of a pen," Rubio told Preston Scott on Tallahassee's WFLA radio. "Now, we won't get an E-Verify, we won't get any border security. But he'll legalize them."

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