- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - South Florida U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart is lending support in the final campaign days to fellow Republican and immigration reform backer U.S. Rep. Fred Upton.

Upton represents Kalamazoo and is facing a surprisingly tight race. Diaz-Balart joined Upton and local Kalamazoo leaders Thursday for a bipartisan immigration round-table.

Diaz-Balart’s heavily Republican district is considered safe. It stretches from the western edges of Miami to Naples, including a swath of the Everglades.

Diaz-Balart told Michigan voters he is grateful for allies like Upton who have worked to fix what he termed as the nation’s broken immigration system. The two congressmen were among 11 GOP House members who voted against a measure last August to end an Obama administration program giving temporary legal protection to certain youth in the country illegally.

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