However, Gilmer said the House of Representatives appears to be taking a piecemeal approach to immigration reform.
“We need to work with lawmakers in both chambers to get this to conference and get a bill (to) the president,” Gilmer said.
Given loud opposition in some quarters, Gilmer said House lawmakers need to hear from their constituents during the August recess on the importance of immigration reform.
”We need to step up and really make sure our voice is heard amidst all the folks who would not like to see us advance immigration reform in this Congress,” he said.
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