U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart says he is hopeful legislators in the U.S. House of Representatives will soon introduce an immigration reform bill that both secures the border and finds a solution for the millions in the country illegally.
The Republican lawmaker says the bill must help the economy, protect rule of law and create a viable legal immigration system. He did not go into details about what should be done for the 11 million unauthorized immigrants but said having so many people without legal status in the U.S. does nothing to support the nation's economy.
Diaz-Balart spoke Friday at the Hispanic Leadership Network conference, an annual gathering of conservative Latino lawmakers.
Former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush opened the conference Thursday with praise for the bipartisan Senate immigration bill introduced Wednesday.