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Voters to Respond if Immigration Reform Dies

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The state director of the nation’s largest Latino advocacy group says Florida voters will punish politicians at the polls if immigration reform stalls. 

Lydia Medrano is the state director of the League of United Latin American Citizens – or LULAC. She’s responding to comments this week from Florida Representative Mario Diaz-Balart who worries reform efforts could die in the House."You know elections are going to be coming up, and I know that Florida is one of the battle grounds", Medrano said. "So, those politicians that are against immigration reform can see a lot of people unhappy with them."

Some of Diaz-Balart’s fellow Republicans say they’re worried about border security. They also don’t want to encourage illegal activity by granting citizenship to people who are in the U.S. without proper documentation.

President Barack Obama blames Republicans for the slow movement, as he mentioned in Miami last Friday.

But, Medrano says party affiliation is irrelevant. She says immigrants contribute to the economy and are here to stay, so it’s in everyone’s interest to help them do so legally.