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May 10, 2011 7:48 PM by Greg Boyce

President says border is more secure

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Describing the border with Mexico as more secure than ever, President Barack Obama says Republicans who insisted on tougher enforcement should now be ready to move on and deal with comprehensive immigration reform.

But instead, he says they're still demanding more. In a speech in Texas along the border today, Obama pointed to an increase in border agents, and the near-completion of a border fence. And he said more cargo is being screened. But he said Republicans will "never be satisfied."

Obama is pushing for legislation offering a pathway to citizenship to the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants -- amid opposition from majority Republicans in the House. He's trying to convince Hispanic voters that he's not the one standing in the way of immigration reform. Many Latino voters don't believe Obama made good on his campaign promise to tackle immigration laws in the first year of his presidency, and they're looking for him to do more. They want him
to act on his own to slow down some deportations, but Obama has refused to do that.

 

 

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