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News may look disappointing. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart says that immigration reform 2013 is dead this year and adds that if action not taken early next year, there is no chance of it being passed.

Republicans have been trying to kill the immigration reform bill for a very long time. This is nothing new. But the difference is the fact that while earlier they said they will introduce the bill in the House of Representatives, this is the first time they are saying that the comprehensive immigration reform bill is dead, at least in the year 2013.

A top Republican official and GOP Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida has made it clear that the long sought after immigration reform bill is dead for the year. This is in complete contrast to what top GOG official and House of Representatives speaker John Boehner who had said that he will be taking up the immigration reform this year. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart who has been closely associated with bi-partisan efforts for the bill says, “We have very few days available on the floor in the House, so I don’t think we’re going to be able to do it this year”.

This must be a very disappointing news for 11 million undocumented immigrants and immigration reform advocates who were assured by Boehner of action on the reform bill. Diaz-Balart while further cutting down on hopes for the bill says, “I’m hopeful that we can get to it early next year,” he said. “But I am keenly aware that next year, you start running into the election cycle. If we cannot get it done by early next year, then it’s clearly dead. It flatlines”.

But this is going to be self defeating tactics for Republicans. In the meantime an automated poll conducted by three GOP-friendly groups, the Spies’s group, Partnership for a New American Economy that is lead by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and tech industry Compete America and provided to POLITICO in advance on October 19 and 20. It covered 900 likely voters from battleground states like Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin found that US public is all for immigration reform and would warmly receive politicians who promote it. Alternatively, any politician who opposes the reform would be ignored by voters.

The polls are very clear about what people think about the immigration reform. The numbers crunched by the poll say that fifty-two per cent of voters would back a politician who backs immigration reform compared and 18 per cent would not back him. Then, 54 per cent are less likely to vote for a candidate who opposes immigration reform whereas 17 per cent would be more likely. Charlie Spies, co-founder of Republicans for Immigration Reform, said in a statement, “Support for immigration reform is broad and especially strong among persuadable independents that Republicans need to win elections. There is no question that Republicans have significantly more risk in opposing immigration reform than they do in supporting it.” Republicans have been in self denial mode for long and it will cost them dearly.

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