Secure the Border First We don't trust bureaucrats
Sonoran News -- May 22 Attorney General Tom Horne to Senators: Border Security should be certified by States, not the Department of Homeland Security Phoenix -- A single political appointee should not be entrusted with the job of certifying border security for the United States, Attorney General Tom Horne told Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake in a letter on Monday. [...]
As Congress prepares to discuss immigration reform, I am very concerned about any language that gives the Secretary of Homeland Security sole authority to certify the border as secure. The current Secretary is well-known for her pronouncements that the border is 'as secure as it's ever been,' but people who live and work along the border tell a different story. Fox News -- May 22 Fox News Poll: Most voters say put border security before immigration reform Most American voters want tougher new border security measures before changing immigration policies. A Fox News national poll released Wednesday also shows a majority favors giving illegal immigrants already in the United States a chance to qualify for citizenship.
On Tuesday, a Senate committee passed an immigration reform bill that would create a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants. The bill would also strengthen border security. It now goes to the full Senate for a vote.
The provisions in the bill are popular with the public.
There's widespread support for additional border security. Moreover, 73 percent of voters say those measures should be completed before other changes to immigration policy go into effect. That includes 82 percent of Republicans, 71 percent of independents and 69 percent of Democrats.
Support for prioritizing border security is high among both white (73 percent) and non-white voters (74 percent).