Arizona's Republican Congressmen Take the Jan Brewer Route on Immigration Proposals
The congressmen, like Governor Jan Brewer, insist that they can only even fathom immigration reform proposals if the border is secure. Still, no one's able to provide a definition of "secure border."
-President Obama Talked Immigration Reform While Jan Brewer Got Stale at the Border
See, President Obama, as well as a handful of Republican senators -- including both of Arizona's -- have expressed support for immigration reform, as a way to get undocumented people in the United States a pathway to citizenship.
Heck, it sounded at first like there was some impending movement on the immigration front. Now, it appears that it's not going so well.
McCain, for example, hosted two town hall meetings yesterday, and by all accounts we've seen, they didn't go so well.
"One man yelled that only guns would discourage illegal immigration," reports Politico. "Another man complained that illegal immigrants should never be able to become citizens or vote. A third man said illegal immigrants were illiterate invaders who wanted free government benefits."
Amid this, Arizona's four Republican congressmen released a letter to the media, that's supposedly addressed to House Speaker John Boehner.
"Only after first securing our borders can we begin to contemplate discussions of additional immigration reform," the letter says, echoing Brewer's sentiment.
But, like Brewer, the congressmen fail to define what a secure border is -- which is important, as folks like Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano swear up and down that the border is secure.
The Arizona Republic, on a trip to the border with Brewer last week, reported, "Brewer said the best way to understand what a secure border would look like would be to talk to the people living along it."
Living next to something doesn't make you an expert on it, but the letter from Salmon and company doesn't get much better.
"Furthermore, any determination that the Southern border has reached a level of operational control must be grounded in data and independent third party evaluations rather than by bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. with political motives," the letter says.
This, according to four men who could be considered Washington bureaucrats, from the same political party, who wrote a letter stating that "there is no question that our porous Southern border is a security threat that leaves our country vulnerable."
Above all, they don't explain what feels acceptable to qualify as a "secure border."
In other words, we could've skipped this entire post, and just written, "Business as usual in Washington."
Read the entire text of the letter from the congressmen on the next page: