Congressman Ben Quayle (R-AZ) released the following statement Tuesday following President Obama's speech in El Paso, Texas regarding immigration reform:
"Much like his deficit speech last month, President Obama's immigration speech today was driven by politics and politics alone. Instead of real solutions and reforms, the President offered finger pointing and spin. He even claimed that the border fence between the United States and Mexico is "basically complete.' That assertion couldn't be further removed from reality. According to the Department of Homeland Security, the administration has completed construction of 650 miles of border fencing out of the 800 miles mandated by Congress in 2006. Of those 650 miles, however, only 344 are pedestrian fencing and 299 are porous vehicle barriers.
"The U.S. border with Mexico is far from secure. No campaign speech can change that fact. According to the non-partisan Government Accountability Office, a mere 44 percent of the border is under operational control of the Border Patrol and only 15 percent is under actual control. Our nation is not secure until we stop the steady flow of illegal immigrants and drug smugglers coming across our borders."