Rep. Diane Black maintains favoring 'piece-by-piece' immigration reform
Reported By Chris Bundgaard, Reporter - bio | email
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
Middle Tennessee Republican congressional member Diane Black is supportive of the "piece-by-piece" approach to immigration reform as championed by House Speaker John Speaker, who wants to secure America's borders first.
Black told Nashville's News 2 that "until you make sure the bleeding stops, where you continue to have people that are undocumented coming into this country, I don't think you can talk about much of anything else."
In referring to the recently passed Senator immigration bill which had a key provision from fellow Tennessee Republican Bob Corker, Rep. Black said, "I haven't been supportive of the entire bill that they did."
As to what she can support, Rep. Black said "we have moved beyond fencing," which was the original starting point on border security for many Republicans.
"There are other ways to protect the border, there's technology… we can use the National Guard," Rep. Black added.
The congressman said there are conversations going on among politicians about what to do with the 11 million people in this country illegally, but she cannot support the Senate version of a path to citizenship.
Black said she is looking to reform "our legal immigration because sometimes it takes 10 to 15 years for those who want to get into this country legally to experience opportunity like our mothers and fathers and forefathers have done."
"There are a lot of good people who want to come to this country, who are working through what is a very complicated, arcane system, so they take the path of least resistance," she continued, adding, "Reforming our current system is the next step down from securing our borders."
Representative Black's position stands in contrast to fellow Tennessee Republicans Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander.
The two lawmakers supported the bill passed in the Senate.
Corker played a key role in an amendment pumping money into border security while allowing for lengthy steps to citizenship for those 11-million illegals.