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Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart: Immigration Reform is not dead until we say so

Immigrant Advocates and South Florida Voters astonished at their champion’s public declaration of death of immigration reform this year

Miami, FL– Today 70 women and children were turned away from the Doral office of Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart. They came with faith leaders to deliver a letter and balloons asking the Congressman to bring immigration reform to a vote in the House of Representatives. At the same time, Diaz-Balart said to Greg Sargent of the Washington Post, “I don’t think we’re going to be able to do it this year… If we cannot get it done by early next year, then it’s clearly dead. It flatlines.”

The following is a statement from Maria Rodriguez, Executive Director of the Florida Immigrant Coalition:

“We are dismayed and confused that our GOP champion for immigrant rights has gratuitously given a death sentence to immigration reform. Why hasn’t he introduced a bill? Why hasn’t he joined other GOP Representatives such as our own U.S. Rep Ileana Ros-Lehtinen signing on to HR 15? Every day Speaker Boehner fails to bring reform to a vote on the House floor, the dreams of 1200 families die. Diaz Balart’s inaction is an accomplice to this tragedy.

Immigration Reform is not dead until we say so. Our movement is stronger than ever and we are not going away. We will continue until we see the value of 11 million people, who already contribute to this great nation, restored.

The only thing that is dying is the hope that the House GOP leadership can get anything done in Congress. The fact that they are ignoring the fastest growing electorate in the country will be felt in elections to come. The 11 million that they disenfranchise is dwarfed by the millions of Latino voters who turn 18 each year.”

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