November 15th, 2013 –

A week after Rep. Mario Diaz Balart stated that immigration reform is dead, a poll of voters in his district

indicates that they wish he would do more to keep it alive. The poll, commissioned in District 25 by Florida New

Majority and conducted by Public Policy Polling indicated a disconnect, not only between the Congressman’s

traditional support for immigration reform and his current inability to produce tangible results in backdoor

negotiations. But also between his soft approach towards his party leaders and his constituents’ desire for him to

be “more aggressive” in producing results. According to the poll results:

*43% of voters in his district gave Rep. Diaz Balart of favorable rating.

*Over 60% of voters in Rep. Diaz Balart’s district support immigration reform with a path to citizenship

*63% of voters in Rep. Diaz Balart’s district think that he should take a more aggressive leadership role in trying to

get immigration reform passed as soon as possible.

The poll was an automated telephone survey conducted by Public Policy Polling of District 25 registered voters.

In light of three Florida Republicans, including Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, recently signing to cosponsor

immigration reform bill HR15, and evidence of ample support in Rep. Dennis Ross’ district, poll results further

highlight the urgency of Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart taking a definitive stance on the issue.

In a recent interview, when asked about a timeline for immigration reform Rep. Diaz-Balart said “I don’t think

we’re going to be able to do it this year…I’m hopeful that we can do it early next year. 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.”

Florida New Majority stands with the majority of voters in District 25 in support of prompt fixes to our broken

immigration system. Through the release of these poll results, the organization hopes to inspire Rep. Diaz-Balart

to take action by cosponsoring HR15, or by urging Speaker of the House John Boehner to schedule a vote on

citizenship.