Texas AG on Immigration: Obama needs “to step up”

Texas AG on Immigration: Obama needs “to step up”

July 4, 2010 - 4:05 PM | by: Lauren Torlone

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is calling on President Obama to secure the border between Texas and Mexico, following a Tuesday incident where shots in Juarez, Mexico crossed the border into El Paso and struck City Hall. Speaking Sunday on Fox News, Abbott said the U.S. - Mexico border, two-thirds of which lies in Texas, is a “very violent place” and that he’s been “underwhelmed by the show of force” coming from the Obama administration.

Abbott was unimpressed by the President’s immigration speech at American University earlier this week, which called for a full review of illegal immigration, in addition to a review of legal immigration procedures in the United States. In that speech, President Obama said the U.S. "has the right and obligation to control its borders and set laws for residency and citizenship. And no matter how decent they are, no matter their reasons, the 11 million who broke these laws should be held accountable." The strong rhetoric didn't impress Abbott, who remains “disappointed” in the President, adding Obama “doesn't get” or is “purposefully trying to mislead the American people” when it comes to the gravity of our national security along the border.

Abbott said Obama’s speech makes it “abundantly clear to all Americans that there is not [a] commitment to keep the border secure,” expressing doubt that bipartisan legislation in Congress would even be possible until a serious effort at securing the border is made. The Obama administration is expected to have 1,200 National Guard troops in place along the U.S.- Mexico border by the end of next month.

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