Conservatives in South Carolina and Iowa are warning Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) that he is on the verge of stepping into an immigration trap.

Activists in two early primary states say that if the senator strikes a flawed reform deal this week it could hurt his White House chances in 2016.

The damage to Rubio would be worse, they say, if illegal immigrants continue to stream over the border after the Department of Homeland Security has deemed it secure.

“It remains a very divisive issue among the folks that support us,” said Oran Smith, director of the Palmetto Family Council, based in Columbia, S.C.

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