Wednesday, July 9, 2014

WATCH: Flake On Fox, Says New Obama Proposal "Just Sends The Wrong Message," But Comprehensive Immigration Reform Would Still Help Dealing With Current Crisis

Arizona Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) gently criticized the Obama Administration's proposal to deal with the sudden surge of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, but maintained that the comprehensive immigration reform bill that he helped shepherd through the U.S. Senate last year would be helping.

"We would have significantly more resources on the border itself to actually deal with the situation.  And, we'd have far more resources in the courts to bring these cases to trial faster or these deportation hearings. And so yes, I think it would help quite a bit.  I'm still for that bill.  I think it was a good bill. I hope the House moves on it. It's unlikely that any form of immigration reform is going to move in this environment."

As for the $3.7B proposal from President Obama to deal with the current crisis, Flake has a negative impression: "Unfortunately, this package before Congress right now just sends the wrong message completely."  He believes that some of the proposal should be shifted from HHS (Health and Human Services) to  securing the border and processing those detained.

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