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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy


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Well, he didn't exactly use that phrase, but pretty close. Here's how the Washington Post is describing the war of words:

The White House and Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz), the No. 2 man in the
Senate GOP leadership, feuded Monday over immigration policy, as the
Arizona senator said that President Obama personally told him the
administration will not support stricter border enforcement until
Republicans back broad immigration reform.

The White House strongly denied the claim.

At a town hall in Arizona on Friday, Kyl responded to a voter's
question about immigration by detailing a one-on-one meeting he had with
Obama. According to Kyl, "The president said the problem is if we
secure the border, then you all won't have any reason to support
comprehensive immigration reform."

"In other words, they're holding it hostage," Kyl said at the event, a
video of was circulated widely online on Monday, but not from Kyl's
office. "They won't secure the border unless and until is it combined
with comprehensive immigration reform."

Bill Burton, a White House spokesman, said, "The president didn't say
that. Senator Kyl knows the president didn't say that."

"But what everybody knows because the President has made it perfectly
clear is that what we need to do is everything that we can to bring
about comprehensive immigration reform," he added. "And that includes
not just securing the border, but doing a lot of other things."

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  1. Another Voice's Avatar
    I am tired of these republicans they keep up the lie about securing the border!!!!

    The border would be secure if people were able to immigrate legally to the US, if the demand and distribution of illegal drugs were dealt with and YES IF AZ and other border States would have better controls for arms sales to mexican and american drug lords which fuels the violence on both sides of the border. So how about that second amendment stuff Mr. Kyle.....
  2. Another Voice's Avatar
    I meant demand and distribution of illegal drugs inside of the US....
  3. JC's Avatar
    Senator Kyl's statement is not only probable but very likely true. It is widely accepted that Legal immigration reform has the votes to pass but is being held up by the White House and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in order to compromise on the much less popular amnesty provisions. So how are people so surprised to hear the President is engaged in these sort of tactics? Bottom line, the President can (and needs to) take responsibility for the border, and has neglected to do so. The same with Legal immigration, which incidentaly he could improve drastically without even needing Congress. So please, get some perspective and put this on the Pesident and the Democrats where it belongs. Just my humble opinion.

    - JC
  4. Geroge Chell's Avatar
    "It is widely accepted that Legal immigration reform has the votes to pass but is being held up by the White House and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in order to compromise on the much less popular amnesty provisions."

    Really? That is news to me!
  5. Adi's Avatar
    59 seats in Senate, majority in house, and democratic president in white house. It is very artful of democrats to successfully blame everything on republicans.

    I have no doubts that white house is keeping border security hostage to CIR (I don't see anything wrong in it, if they really show urgency on passing the whole thing). But it is really unfair to us living here, to keep borders unsecured. It is huge risk for national security. One intelligence failure and nasty stuff can easily be brought in by terrorists.

    I always thought Obama was good politician and will bring in compromise among two parties. Don't know what happened. There must be something that he is doing wrong to not be able to court single republican support. Bush white house must have been really skilled to get their bills passed without the drama. Now I think Hillary would have been better.
  6. Adi's Avatar
    A good read below. Is Obama really immigrant friendly? I remember his negative remarks on nurse immigration.
  7. Geroge Chell's Avatar
    "The Obama administration's enforcement only strategy will produce more illegal immigration in the long-run and a more pervasive black market."

    Well before that jobs and investment would have migrated abroad...all legally I suppose!

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