Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill) and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fl.) were optimistic about the prospects of Congress passing comprehensive immigration reform Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," with Gutierrez saying that the negotiations between Democrats and Republicans cannot be rushed.
Gutierrez told host Candy Crowley, " I am very, very optimistic that the House of Representatives is going to have a plan that is going to be able to go to a conference with the Senate in which we're going to be able to resolve differences.
He added, "One thing I have a lot of confidence is what we're doing -- a lot of people say rush, rush, rush. Why can't you get it? You know something, the first thing you have to do when you have four Republicans and four Democrats who agree on virtually nothing else and who argue and fight and debate about everything else, you have to create a sense of trust and camaraderie that exists as you develop such on an issue like this. Having said that, I think first thing we're going to do is we're going to put people in a safe place. That is 11 million people, you can give them a work permit, Social Security card, a driver's license.
"... And then the second part is the path to the green card, that permanent residency which leads to citizenship."