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GOP reps Diaz-Balart, Ros-Lehtinen break ranks on immigration bill, say Obama actions are limited

MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 29:  (L-R) Florida Gov. Rick Scott (L) sits with Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and Rep. Joe Garcia (D-FL) at the grand opening of the main North American training campus for Boeing that includes full-flight simulators for the 787 Dreamliner on August 29, 2013 in Miami, Florida.  Boeing officials say the Miami campus will be one of the largest airline training centers in the world.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 29: (L-R) Florida Gov. Rick Scott (L) sits with Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and Rep. Joe Garcia (D-FL) at the grand opening of the main North American training campus for Boeing that includes full-flight simulators for the 787 Dreamliner on August 29, 2013 in Miami, Florida. Boeing officials say the Miami campus will be one of the largest airline training centers in the world. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)  (2013 Getty Images)

South Florida U.S. Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen say President Barack Obama's actions on immigration are limited, and it's up to Congress to act.

Their joint statement Friday followed their vote against a Republican-backed bill to block Obama's executive order to lift the threat of deportation for millions of immigrants in the country illegally.

The two Republican lawmakers represent heavily Latino districts and have long supported immigration reform with a path to legalization for some 11 million immigrants.

The representatives said they agreed with the president that "there's a limit on what (he) can do," and that it's still up to Congress to pass a broad bill that would strengthen U.S. borders, help those in the country illegally, modernize the nation's visa system and benefit the economy.

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