Dem rep calls for 'happy medium' on immigration

Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.) called for Republicans and Democrats to find a "happy medium" on the issue of immigration Tuesday on "Rising." 

"I think the Democrats have focused mainly on the one side of providing a path to citizenship for Dreamers, and for [Temporary Protected Status holders], and for other undocumented persons," Suozzi told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball. 

"They've also talked about doing some of the more modern things regarding technology and border security, as well as helping El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras," he continued. "But they haven't focused as much on the physical borders that the Republicans are asking for, that the president's asking for."

"We need to find a little bit of both to find a happy medium in order to move forward," Suozzi added. 

"It's never that one side has the answer, my way or the highway. It, historically, doesn't prove to be a solution, so we need to get the best of both worlds and find some common ground."

Republicans and Democrats are at a standstill on Capitol Hill in figuring out how to address what President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE calls a crisis at the U.S. southern border. 

Suozzi teamed up with fellow New York Rep. Pete KingPeter (Pete) Thomas KingThirty-four GOP members buck Trump on disaster bill House bill seeks to bolster security for synagogues, mosques in wake of attacks Tax Foundation: Bill to roll back SALT deduction cap would cost 3B MORE (R) last month to lay out a bipartisan solution to immigration reform, which includes a path to legal citizenship for immigrants as well as funding for a physical border barrier. 

"The problem is nobody trusts each other. Peter King and I, who are very different from each other but have been on Long Island together for many years, have learned to trust each other, and to try and say things that we maybe couldn't say to our base," Suozzi told Hill.TV. 

— Julia Manchester