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Florida Members of Congress Split on Immigration Reform



The immigration reform debate moves to the U.S. House of Representative, and Florida’s Congressional delegation is split on supporting Senator Rubio’s recently passed Senate “Gang of 8″ immigration bill,

While all of Florida’s Democrat members of Congress will most likely support a Senate-like immigration bill, it seems as if the House Republicans will stand firm on a border security first approach to immigration reform, as the Senate bill calls for a pathway to citizenship before the border is secured.

“We need to make sure that those people here for that purpose are given the opportunity to be here and then return home. They’re not here for citizenship…They don’t want to be here for citizenship.” Rep. Dennis Ross (Shark Tank)
Representatives  Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, longtime supporters of a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, will most likely side with the Democrats, while Representatives, Bill Posey, Ron DeSantis, Trey Radel, Ted Yoho, Tom Rooney, Dennis Ross, Jeff Miller, and a few others, will look to support a bill that mandates the border be secured first, before a pathway to citizenship for anyone is considered.

“Securing our border must be the top priority,” said Rep. Bill Posey, R-Rockledge. “The American people were promised border security as a part of the 1986 amnesty legislation, in the aftermath of (Sept. 11) and again in 2006 legislation. Washington has a 27-year record of broken promises about border security…“After Washington fulfills the promise of border security made 27 years ago, then we can consider other immigration-related issues,” he said. “Securing our borders is important for national security reasons, economic reasons, and because of drug trafficking and public safety.”-Rep. Bill Posey (Florida Today)

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  1. Florida Girl7 July 2, 2013 at 11:32 am

    I only hope that the congress remember that they are up for re election.
    We know who the traitors are in the Senate, we certainly will be looking closely at the congress.
    These people that are elected to office ,can not promise us one thing to be elected, and then do any thing they want. We must hold their feed to the fire.

  2. Gloria July 2, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    What is the problem with securing the boarders first? Every single person should want that. It doesn’t take very much thinking to realize that that is the most important first step. Seems to me the Dem’s only want to be indifferent on every common sense issue.
    It would be completely irresponsible not to close the borders first. We won the second world war against an aggressive world tyrant on two fronts in 4 years and they cannot seal the boarders in 27 years???? Something smells really rotten here.
    I don’t care what party you are this is one thing we should all stand united on.

  3. Carlos July 2, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Until we get rid of RINOs Ileana & Mario we’ll continue to see this betrayal. A recent article I read mentioned the real reason this amnesty has GOP support, BIG $! The pro amnesty side wants cheap labor and is outspending those of us who respect the laws & Constitution of the US by a huge 24 to 1 margin. The problem with ridding ourselves of these 2 is there are no conservative young guns in the FL legislature with the will or $ to take them on.

    • Franklin July 2, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      One reason, the democrats keep getting elected,Elect your party in every category, research candidate’s voting record, Make sure they think like you do, Lot of rinos out there.

  4. rotortop July 2, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Will Allen West challenge Rubio the “RINO?

    • DebraP July 2, 2013 at 11:41 pm

      I wish Allen West would primary Rubio. This would help us put him on the path to the White House if he should hear our call.

  5. Jim McCormack July 2, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    I’m 84, a Korean vet and retired business owner. I’ve watched this country go down hill fast since 1965 with the Great Society give away, more and more taking and fewer producing. More illegals allowed and more dumb people produced by lousy schools. Amnesty will hasten the total failure of the welfare system. I’ve been bled for 69 years with taxes, seeing more bums applying at my business who wouldn’t work ,trashy people destroying our capital . Gangs of Blacks destroying cities and people,and we want more law breakers given amnesty.
    No more GOP for me. I’m going Independent. Rubio was the final straw.

  6. Barry July 2, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Florida girl and J.McCormack have the right idea! All the elected ones swear to uphold our Constitution, none do so. Their number one job is to “provide for the common defense”. The number one activity seems to
    be providing defense for criminals with our tax dollars by the de-fence of the borders

  7. MrMidnyte July 3, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Border Security first and foremost. If there is no security, there is no negotiating anything else. We need to stand on principles, dig our heels in and fight. So far, my congressman Trey Radel has shown that his promises are not empty. I hope he continues to fight the progressives on both sides of the ailse.

  8. Elizabeth Craine July 4, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    I say that any Representative that votes for amnesty without border security first should be voted out of office. That is the only way to send them a message. Right now my Rep, Richard Nugent is for border security first so if he remains true to his word he will have my vote in 2014.

  9. lowie July 9, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Ted Cruz father spoke today in Park City, Utah saying that Obama is spewing from the mouth same slogans and threats Castro made to the people of Cuba. In so many words, he said we are witnessing a coup that undermines our Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.
    Immigration policy is just one of the ways the Democratic Party, whose head is Barack Obama, wants to pass in order to overwhelm our system of government until it collapses under the weight of so much debt! Vote for any conservative please or else we will be CUBA.

  10. lowie July 9, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Speech was on July 6, not today July 9…sorry