Tuesday, December 2, 2014

WATCH: Rep. Barber Questioning DHS Secy Jeh Johnson Today Re: Border Security, Immigration Reform

Arizona Rep. Ron Barber (D-CD2) questioned Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson this morning regarding border security and immigration reform.

Barber focused on how the Obama Administration's executive actions regarding illegal immigration meshed with the McCain-Flake* comprehensive immigration reform package.  Johnson replied that the Administration's actions furthered some goals of that legislation but could not encompass others - including border security.

Barber advocated for more federal oversight on the border in southeastern Arizona - as opposed to several miles back - and for aerostat and radar coverage.  Johnson agreed that the aerostats are an integral part of the Administration's toolchest, and that he would like to come back and visit with area ranchers again next year, if they will have him.

* As Barber referred to it. It is the comprehensive immigration reform bill that Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake were instrumental - part of a gang of seven - in moving through the Senate in 2013.  It has not been brought up for a vote in the GOP-controlled House.

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