Border security trips up immigration debate
The dispute over border enforcement — just how much is enough? — threatens to derail Democrats' attempt to overhaul immigration laws.
Los Angeles Times
June 15, 2010|By Ken Dilanian and Nicholas Riccardi
Reporting from Washington and Denver —
The Republican governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer, calls her state "the gateway to America for drug trafficking, extortion, kidnapping and crime." She blames the federal government for failing to secure the border with Mexico.
Her Democratic predecessor, Janet Napolitano, now the country's Homeland Security secretary, counters that the Southwestern border "is as secure now as it has ever been."
The dispute over just how much border security is enough looms as the biggest impediment to any attempt by the Obama administration and Congress to overhaul the nation's immigration laws.
Republicans say they can't support an immigration bill until the border is under control. The Obama administration points out that crime in U.S. border cities is down, as are illegal border crossings...link to complete article