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Sen. Hatch talks Zimmerman verdict and immigration on "This Week"

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) It seems everybody has an opinion on the George Zimmerman verdict, even Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) It seems everybody has an opinion on the George Zimmerman verdict, even Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

He made an appearance on ABC's "This Week" Sunday morning chiming in on the trial and other hot button issues.

Sen. Hatch argued justice was served.

"If the rule was you have to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, there were plenty of doubts,” he said.

Sen. Hatch was one of four lawmakers hashing out the weekly newsmakers with host George Stephanopoulos who challenged Hatch on the so-called “nuclear option”-- a proposal to get rid of filibusters for presidential appointments.

“Several years ago, when the Republicans were in the majority, you wanted to do away with the filibuster on judicial nominations,” Stephanopoulos said to Hatch. Now you're hitting the Democrats for taking exactly the same route. Why the change?”

Hatch replied, “I don't know how you could say that I felt that way years ago because nobody knows what I was thinking at the time,” he said. “All I can say is I was concerned about ever exercising a nuclear option.”

One piece of legislation Hatch firmly defended was sweeping immigration reform, which with his vote, passed in the Senate.

But many House Republicans want border security first before a path to legalization. Hatch is urging the House to make changes as necessary, but ultimately pass immigration reform.

“With 11 million people who don't know where to go, what to do and we don't know what to do with them, most of them are pretty good people and they'd like to be Americans or at least have a job here,” said Sen. Hatch. “We can work these problems out and I think the Senate bill goes a long way in trying to do that."

Utah's other senator, Republican Mike Lee, opposes the Senate-backed immigration reform bill, reportedly calling it an immigration version of Obama Care.
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