Santorum, Talent, Isakson introduce border security first act

Today Rick Santorum along with fellow Senators Johnny Isakson and Jim Talent introduced legislation to secure the borders before any other action on immigration reform. Santorum:

“Throughout the debate on immigration reform, I have consistently stated that the first thing we must do is secure our nation’s borders,” said Senator Santorum. “The Senate recently passed the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006, which I did not support for a number of reasons – mainly because it did not appropriately address the problem at hand. While the House and Senate are working to come to an agreement on the broader issues in the immigration bill, I am introducing the Border Security First Act today because our borders must be secured now – not later. In the post 9/11 world we live in, our national security depends on our border security. We need to know who is coming into our country, where they are from, and what they are doing here.”

The fact that Santorum and Talent are headliners on this bill is testament to the political popularity of a border security first position. Both Senators face tough reelection fights this year and both are rightly convinced that their conservative position plays very well with their home state voters.

One Response to “Santorum, Talent, Isakson introduce border security first act”

  1. TimChapmanBlog.com » Blog Archive » Specter leans toward border security first position Says:

    […] The Washington Times reports that Arlen Specter, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has settled on a border security first approach to immigration reform. This revelation comes days after Specter’s embattled Pennsylvania colleague Rick Santorum introduced a border security first immigration reform proposal in the Senate. “Are we out of touch with the American people? We may be, on the basis of what the American people know today,” he said, adding that the broken borders and poor interior enforcement get most of the attention. But he said he’s having hearings, beginning July 5 in Pennsylvania, to look at the need for a guest-worker program and to examine how to deal with current illegal aliens. […]

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