Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart: “This is not a moment to point fingers. This is a moment to find solutions.”

Jun 21, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON ­­– Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) today delivered the following remarks on the House floor during the debate of H.R. 6136, the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act.  For over a decade, Diaz-Balart has worked with bicameral, bipartisan colleagues towards a solution to fix our country’s broken immigration system.

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As prepared for delivery:

“I’ve heard so many interesting words on this debate. The last gentleman, who I respect, said how the Democrats care so much for these individuals. And yet, let's be perfectly clear: they had ample opportunity after ample opportunity to solve the problem. In 2009, they promised that they would do it within 100 days. Then, the president said he would do it. Democrats had 60% of the votes in the Senate. They had huge majorities in the house and they had a bipartisan bill ready to go, and yet they refused to do it.

“But this is not a moment to point fingers, as my colleague just spent all of his time doing. This is the moment to find solutions.

“If you believe, like I do, that these folks who are here, no fault of their own, should have an opportunity to stay here, to be part of society, to be legalized and to yes, obtain citizenship, it is the best, potentially the last chance for a long time to get that done. This bill does that. If you believe that minors should not be separated from their families, and if you believe that the best way to guarantee that is through legislation, this is the best and potentially last opportunity to get that done, because this bill does that. And if you believe that the United States the obligation to determine who comes in and who leaves, this is then also the best and potentially last shot to get those three things done.

“So again, there is a lot of rhetoric. But this bill does three things: it allows dreamers to stay here and allows them to become part of society with pathways to citizenship, it legislatively stops the separation of minors from their parents on the border, and it secures the border. That is what this bill does. Everything else is cheap rhetoric.”