Bloomberg -- Heidi Przybyla

Senator Marco Rubio said a comprehensive immigration plan won’t be passed by Congress because many lawmakers don’t believe the enforcement provisions would be carried out.

“The only path forward that has any chance of success is to bring illegal immigration under control” first, said Rubio, a Florida Republican. Then Congress would act to “modernize the illegal immigration system,” he said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast.

Rubio had supported a comprehensive measure passed by the Senate in 2013 that would create a path to citizenship for many of the nation’s estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants. The Republican-controlled House refused to take up the bill.

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Updated: Wed, Feb 4th 2015 @ 10:45am EST