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Threat Against Marco Rubio Sparks Police Investigation

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 29:  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks during a press conference with fellow Republicans on objecting to a scheduled U.S. Senate recess next week June 29, 2011 in Washington, DC.  Sen. Jim Demint and other senators are requesting that the U.S. Senate remain in session to work on the debt ceiling issue.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 29: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks during a press conference with fellow Republicans on objecting to a scheduled U.S. Senate recess next week June 29, 2011 in Washington, DC. Sen. Jim Demint and other senators are requesting that the U.S. Senate remain in session to work on the debt ceiling issue. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)  (2011 Getty Images)

Florida Senator (R) Marco Rubio is under police protection in Washington D.C. and at his home in West Miami after a "reported threat" against the Senator.

U.S. Capitol Police confirm that there is an “open and joint investigation” with local police over  the threat. They would not  comment on any details or on the severity of the threat.

Chief Nelson Andrew of the West Miami Police confirms with Fox News that his department’s “watch order” for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s West Miami residence after a threat deemed credible enough to receive local police interest. The extra security protection by the West Miami police force of Rubio’s family residence in a suburban area of Miami –Dade county began  Tuesday afternoon. 

The Cuban-American and freshman lawmaker has frequently been mentioned as a potential running mate for likely GOP nominee Mitt Romney — and a way for the Republican Party to improve its current standing with Hispanic voters.

On certain high-profile issues, Rubio has taken on prominent role within the Republican Party. Although Rubio opposes immigration reform measures that would not first secure the border and more strictly enforce the laws already in place, he has also said that Arizona’s controversial immigration enforcement law, which is scheduled to come before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesdy, is not a model for the nation and would not work for states like Florida.

He has recently drawn attention for proposing a GOP alternative to the DREAM Act that would grant a conditional type of legal status –but not open a path to citizenship- to the children of undocumented immigrants.  Immigration hardliners slammed Rubio's plan as "amnesty."

Serafin Gómez is a Fox News producer in Florida. 

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Serafin Gomez is a White House Producer for FOX News Channel, who also covered the 2016 election as a Special Events & Politics producer and former special campaign correspondent for Fox News Latino. Fin formerly worked as the Miami Bureau Producer for Fox News Channel where he covered Florida Politics & Latin America. Follow him on Twitter: @Finnygo