Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) blasted both parties on the politicization of immigration reform in a withering speech on Friday to Hispanic leaders.

“Why is this issue simplified? I’ll tell you right now, it’s powerful politics,” Rubio said, adding that politicians “want it to stay unresolved because it makes it easier to influence elections and easier to raise money.”

Rubio accused Republicans of fear-mongering on the issue to raise money and charged Democrats with painting the right as anti-immigrant to score points with voters in his speech to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO).

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