Florida Democrats Call for Immigration Overhaul

The Democrats are trying to create pressure on the Republican-led House to vote on a bill that would provide a pathway to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally.

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    FILE PHOTO: Democratic National Committee Chair, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) waves as she takes the stage during day one of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 4, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The DNC that will run through September 7, will nominate U.S. President Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential candidate. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    Florida Democrats are calling on Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration bill.

    U.S. Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Joe Garcia are set to join immigration advocates at a press conference in Hollywood, Fla. Monday.

    The Democrats are trying to create pressure on the Republican-led House to vote on a bill that would provide a pathway to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally. GOP lawmakers have balked at moving ahead on any legislation in an election year in which Republicans hope to retain the House and retake the Senate.

    With comprehensive legislation stalled, President Barack Obama is under intense pressure from immigrant advocates to act on his own to curb deportations and allow some undocumented immigrants to stay here.

    Republicans have warned that any such action would poison whatever chances remain for bipartisan cooperation on immigration.