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Congressman Flake: Obama Immigration Policy Not Consistent With Rhetoric

Press Release

Location: Mesa, AZ

Republican Congressman Jeff Flake, who represents Arizona's Sixth District, today criticized the Obama Administration for implementing an immigration policy that is inconsistent with the Administration's rhetoric that additional resources to combat illegal immigration are not needed.

"On one hand, you have the Obama Administration claiming that the border is safer than ever and additional resources to combat illegal immigration are not needed, and on the other you have the Administration claiming that they don't have the resources to prosecute all illegal immigrants," said Flake.

"Rather than choosing not to prosecute certain illegal immigrants, President Obama ought to support the 10-Point Border Security Plan that Senators McCain and Kyl have introduced in the Senate and I've introduced in the House."

Congressman Flake has introduced H.R. 1507, the Border Security Enforcement Act of 2011. Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl introduced the legislation in the Senate.

Among the 10 key provisions of the bill is the funding of the Southwest Border Prosecutors Initiative and the deployment of up to 6,000 National Guard troops and 5,000 additional Border Patrol agents to the United States-Mexico border by 2016. It would also create additional Border Patrol stations along the southwest border and create six additional permanent Border Patrol Forward Operating Bases and upgrade existing bases. Additionally, the bill would ensure construction of double-layer fencing at needed locations along the United States-Mexico border and replace outdated and ineffective landing-mat fencing along the southwest border.

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