Rep. Jeff Denham, California Republican, said Thursday that the immigration reform bill will get support from more Republicans and that it’s realistic the House will vote before the end of the year.
“While there are three Republicans on it now, I think there will be many more to come,” he said on MSNBC.
Mr. Denham comes from a district in California with a large Hispanic population, but said Republicans across the country can find principles they support in the immigration bill, like help with the national debt and policies promoting family values.
“Across the nation, right now we just saw the fiscal shutdown, we’re going to be dealing with that again in January,” he said. “If you really want to fix it, immigration indisputably [will raise] a trillion dollars over the next 20 years, that goes to a lot of that debt. If you want to save Medicaid, Social security, having immigration reform helps us save that as well.”
While Mr. Denham supports immigration reform, he said the bill passed earlier this year by the Senate is flawed and “not ready for prime time.”