(THE ATLANTIC) — The administration’s announcement that it would suspend the deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants who were born abroad and came to the United States without authorization as kids has immigration advocates showering hosannas on President Obama. There is another politician, though, who deserves quite a bit of credit for the administration’s move: Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio.

Two months ago, Rubio floated a watered down version of the so-called DREAM Act — and the administration this morning essentially made it the law of the land (at least temporarily).

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