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Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart says momentum is growing in the House for action on immigration — despite some tough election-year rhetoric recently from fellow Republicans and what the Florida congressman considers ill-advised threats of unilateral action by President Barack Obama.
Diaz-Balart, a major player in the effort on Capitol Hill to produce a bipartisan overhaul of the nation’s immigration system, told CQ Roll Call Tuesday he has more supporters now than a month ago and still expects the Republican-controlled House to act before leaving town in August.
“Every day I’m getting more and more Republicans — conservatives — who are frankly approaching me saying, ‘How do we move forward?’ I feel very very confident that a majority — a strong majority — of Republicans want to finally tackle this system that everyone understands is broken — with some caveats,” he said in a phone interview. “Republicans are insisting that we take this step-by-step.”
The Miami congressman said recent attempts by Obama to facilitate the process in the House are not helpful.
The Pentagon announced last week it is putting on hold, at the request of the White House, a proposal that would have provided legal status to some illegal immigrants who enlist in the military.
Obama has vowed to take more sweeping unilateral action on immigration if Congress doesn’t act, but is delaying the Pentagon move to give congressional Republicans more time to produce a legislative solution.
Thanks, but no thanks, said Diaz-Balart.