Thursday, May 15, 2014

Immigration Legislation: Deadline is this August??

According to Florida Rep., Mario Diaz-Balart, the deadline to pass immigration legislation is this August. Diaz-Balart is part of the effort to develop an immigration bill that could pass the House.

Diaz-Balart told CQ Roll Call at the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute's awards gala that "the legislative process in essence, frankly, has to work on deadlines.  There's a deadline.  And the deadline is that if we don't get it done by August, it doesn't happen."

"If Congress doesn't act by the August break, the president is going to do something.  And once that happens, two things happen... No. 1 is that the possibility of any further negotiations - of any - disintegrate" said Diaz-Balart.

Diaz-Balart feels optimistic that it will get done because he "thinks most people in the House understand that what we have is unacceptable" and "if we don't get it done by this August, it just doesn't get done."

He cautioned that an immigration overhaul still faces an uphill climb to pass the House.  However, "I wouldn't be working hard at it if I didn't think there was a legitimate chance of getting it done," he stated.

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