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Diaz-Balart: Not Voting On Immigration 'Highly Irresponsible'

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Florida Republican congressman Mario Diaz-Balart blasted his congressional colleagues, stating it was "highly irresponsible" not to vote on a bipartisan immigration bill he had drafted along with Illinois Democratic congressman Luis Gutierrez.

“Despite our best efforts, today I was informed by the Republican leadership that they have no intention to bring this bill to the floor this year. It is disappointing and highly unfortunate, because we have a unique opportunity to secure the borders, fix our broken immigration system, and strengthen our economy," stated Diaz-Balart.

“This system is not going to fix itself, and delaying a commonsense solution is only going to make matters worse as is evident by what is going on today with the crisis on the southern border," he added.