Senate conservatives rally around border security first proposal

A group of Republican Senators today held a press conference on Capitol Hill to emphasize the importance of securing the border before any attempt at comprehensive immigration reform is addressed. Rick Santorum, a participant in today’s presser, released the following statement:

“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 introduced the Border Security First Act, S. 3564, because our borders must be secured now. In the post 9/11 world in which we live, 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. I urge my colleagues in both the House and Senate to move this bill so we can secure our borders while we work on the remaining issues related to illegal immigration.”

Other Senators attending today’s presser included Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), John Thune (R-SD), and David Vitter (R-LA)

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