Diaz-Balart Statement on H.R. 240
WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) released the following statement after the passage of H.R. 240.
"President Obama has said that any executive action would be 'very difficult to defend legally,' and yet we have seen him use such power not once, but twice in as many months. It is evident that the only permanent and legal way to solve our country’s broken immigration system is for Congress to pass legislation that actually has a chance of becoming law and deals with the issue. As I have done in the past, I am working with my colleagues in the 114th Congress to find a solution that strengthens our borders, respects the rule of law, treats those living in the shadows in a humane manner, modernizes our visa system, and bolsters the economy. It's time for President Obama to respect the powers of the United States Congress as they are written in the laws of our great nation.
“I commend Chairmen Rogers and Carter for putting together a substantial base bill that prioritizes frontline security, border patrol, and FEMA, all while properly addressing our national security concerns.”