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11/02/2014 09:46 am ET Updated Nov 03, 2014

Mitt Romney: GOP Senate Will Put Immigration Reform On President's Desk

WASHINGTON -- Former Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said Sunday that if Republicans win the U.S. Senate after Tuesday's election, they will send immigration reform legislation to the president's desk.

"You'll see a provision first of all to secure the border, second of all to deal with those who have come here illegally and third [to] make sure our immigration policies are open and transparent," Romney said on "Fox News Sunday."

"That's going to happen," Romney continued. "You're going to see a bill actually reach the desk of the president if we finally have someone besides Harry Reid sitting in the Senate. We're going to get it done."

In June 2013, with Democrats in charge and Reid (D-Nev.) as majority leader, the Senate passed a comprehensive bill with the basic outline Romney suggested by a vote of 68-32. It was the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, not the Senate, that refused to go along. However, Romney said on Sunday that it was the Senate's fault the House didn't budge last year.

"I think Republicans in the House were looking at what was coming from the Senate saying, 'You know what? We can do better if we pick up more seats in the Senate,'" said Romney. "I can't tell you whether we're going to win the Senate, but we're going to pick up a lot of seats and we have a lot better prospect of having a piece of legislation which deals with the issue in the way I described."

Republicans' odds of winning the Senate have gotten stronger with the approach of Tuesday's election. As of Sunday morning, HuffPost Pollster gives the GOP a 74 percent chance of taking the Senate.

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