Diaz-Balart: House Can Pass Immigration Reform

Sunday, 30 Jun 2013 04:00 PM

By Greg Richter

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The House of Representatives can pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill, just as the Senate did last week, says Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla.

So far, the House has worked on individual bills. But some Republicans have said they won't back a compromise bill with the Senate, nor will they vote for the Senate's bill.

"You’re going to see ups and downs, you’re going to see ugly things. You’re going to see things that we don’t like," Diaz-Balart on Bloomberg’s Television's "Political Capital with Al Hunt."

"In order to pass legislation, I think there’d have to be something similar to what we’ve been working on," he said.

Five separate bills have passed the House so far, dealing with guest workers, law enforcement and other issues.

But White House domestic policy adviser Cecilia Munoz said on "Political Capitol" that the Senate plan will pass the Senate, agreeing with Sen. Chuck Schumer's words on "Fox News Sunday."

"The reason this is going to happen is because there is so much support all over the country," Munoz said "The country is for this and I think ultimately the House of Representatives will be, too."

A path to citizenship will be part of the House's plan, Diaz-Balart said.

"We have to deal with the reality, whether we like it or not, that there are millions of people who are here," he said. "Those that have committed crimes have to be dealt with in one way: zero tolerance. They’ve got to be out of here. And then give those who have been here for many, many years, who have been working, a way to earn their way into legalization."

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