WASHINGTON (AP) - Two of the GOP's rising young stars made similar calculations on the way to political advancement: Both abandoned efforts to pass a comprehensive immigration overhaul.
The about-faces by new House Speaker Paul Ryan and presidential candidate Marco Rubio underscore the GOP's difficulties with the issue of immigration. And they renew questions about whether Washington will ever be able to come up with a solution for the nation's dysfunctional immigration system.
Ryan emerged as the unity candidate for speaker of the House after offering assurances to conservatives that he would not pursue comprehensive immigration legislation with President Barack Obama in the White House.
Rubio has sworn off the bipartisan Senate immigration bill he co-authored two years ago, and he is now rising in the polls.
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