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Diaz-Balart: Keep Immigration Options Open

November 13, 2013

Staff Reports --

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U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla. (file photo)

U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, an outspoken conservative from South Florida, has called on Speaker John Boehner to put immigration reform back on the table. Mr. Boehner on Wednesday said the House wouldn't be voting on a Senate-passed comprehensive immigration bill this year.

In a news release, Mr. Diaz-Balart, who is the chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Conference, urged the speaker "to remain open to any options that allow us to solve this crucial issue."

Saying that the U.S. immigration system is "broken," the congressman added that "we must come together to find a sensible solution to fix it."

The needs of millions of undocumented immigrants need to be addressed "in a way that is both reasonable and humane," he added.

Mr. Diaz-Balart, a Republican, represents Florida's 25th congressional district, which encompasses much of southwestern Miami-Dade County, including the city of Hialeah.

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