A bipartisan immigration deal would be a "huge win," as "everybody knows it's a crisis" at the nation's southern border, Rep. Mark Green said Friday.
"We have to do something about immigration and if we can put it all together that would be a huge win,” the Tennessee Republican, a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, told Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "It's time."
President Donald Trump has called the situation at the border a crisis all along, but now that President Barack Obama's former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson agrees, Democrats are "wanting perhaps to do something," Green continued.
Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell "knows what's going on in the Senate, he's got a read on that, so he's going to take advantage of it and I think it's time," said Green.
Thursday, both McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said they are open to tackling immigration reform this year. McConnell, R-Ky., called for bipartisan talks on strengthening asylum laws while addressing security at the border. Earlier in the day, Pelosi, D-Calif., said she was also willing to tackle immigration.
“It’s complicated, but it isn’t hard to do if you have good intentions,” she said. “I’m not giving up on the president on this… I’m always optimistic and this has to happen. It’s inevitable.”
“That’s clearly a softening for Speaker Pelosi and maybe that's an olive branch. I certainly hope that we can interpret it as that,” Green said.
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