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When the Senate passed a $600 million border security bill Thursday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said one of his goals with the measure was to jump start efforts to pass immigration reform in Congress. Republicans have refused to consider an immigration bill this year, saying the U.S.-Mexico border must be secured before they'd even consider debating the issue.

"It's my hope that the bill we're passing today will break the deadlock," he said.

But that hope ended moments later, when Sen. John McCain and Sen. Jon Kyl, Arizona's two Republican senators, called the measure "a start" and accused Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of "needless political maneuvering" for calling the Senate back from recess to pass the bill.

"The bill that passed today does not include nearly enough funding for the other priorities we have been fighting for," McCain and Kyl said in a joint statement. They listed increasing customs inspectors at Arizona ports of entry and more money to make the system used to determine a person's immigration status faster and more accurate.

The bill will pay for 1,500 additional Border Patrol agents, a cadre that Schumer described as a "strike force" for counter narcotic and countertrafficking operations. It will also increase drones to provide real time information to authorities about illegal crossings, beef up communication between federal agents and local police, provide money to construct "forward operating bases" for Border Patrol agents to detain people along the border, and pay for additional ATF, FBI and other agents to target drug and human trafficking rings.

The White House said the president will sign the bill on Friday.

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To the ignorance below...JD Hayworth voted against House Resolution 610, which would have brought H.R. 4437, the Border Protection, Anti terrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005 to the floor of the House. HR 4437 would have made illegal immigration into this country a felony offense, thereby increasing the penalties for jumping the border. H.R. 4437 would also have made the current employment verification system mandatory program. Hayworth voted with Grijalva, Pelosi, Pastor, Barney Frank, and Hoyer and against 219 Republican Congressmen including Franks, Flake and Shadegg. (Roll Call 636, Dec. 15, 2005). This is hardly the vote of someone who believes in a secure border.
Actually, this is not really a flip-flop. McCain has been trumpeting securing the border for a few years now:

August 14 2010 at 12:15 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

We had better start using the mass between dah-ears or run the risk of being marinated in these guys propagandas of lies and deceits.
Both have been in the senate FOREVER !, why havn't they done something to be rid of the Swiss cheese we have as our porous borders ?

August 13 2010 at 10:31 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I can't help but laugh when reading about Kyle and McCain's beef; these 2 have been ion the Senante for more than a generation and they haven't done a darn thing about them porous borders in Arizona.
Americans, why do you subscribe to their none-sense?

August 13 2010 at 10:27 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

John McCain can not get over the fact that he lost the election. I am sure he was or should have been aware of the border issues for many years and now he want to jump on the bandwagon with Gov. Brewer and other. WTF, they did not want to deal with immigration when Clinton or Bush was in office. Seems to me that this is McCain's attempt to get back at the Elected president at any cost.

August 13 2010 at 9:17 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to DEBBIE's comment

It has nothing to do with winning or losing the election. It has to do with federal government interference with Gov. Brewer and Arizona trying to correct their out of control illegal problem. After Obama visited Brewer to discuss the problem the federal government posted signs 70 miles from the border and 30 miles from the capital not warning the illegals but warning the American citizens to avoid that area due to high crime and drug trafficking.Do not fix the problem but tell American citizens to say out of the area. Gov. Brewer made a video of this. What we need in Washington is someone with a pair that will take care of the problem and stop worrying about special interest groups and lobbyists. Obama will not tackle the problem in fear of losing the Latino vote. So now he can have the Latino vote and lose a majority of the American vote.

August 13 2010 at 11:52 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
AZ Stang

I just don't trust McCain any more. His flip- flop on illegal immigration (when he stood up there with that traitor Kennedy during the "I see the future of America" fiasco) cost him the Presidency. Now he's back to being the tough guy? Until when? Maybe associating with jan Brewer will score him some points (with actual Americans), but I'll wait and see on him.

August 12 2010 at 8:07 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
dc walker

McCain, I'm sick of senators and other Johnny come lately's. People who worked the border have been screaming about these problems since the 70s. Congress turned a blind eye they and now that you are in the running for another six years in the congress you are concerned, too little, too late.

August 12 2010 at 7:48 PM Report abuse +23 rate up rate down Reply
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AZ Stang

I can tell you know what really goes on along the border. I lived in El Paso for 16 years, and I've been trying to make people understand as well. It wasn't until there weren't jobs that enough people got mad about it. Unfortunate.

August 12 2010 at 8:25 PM Report abuse +21 rate up rate down Reply

What a difference 3 short years makes to McCain. In 2007 he and Ted Kennedy were the leading force for immigration reform (amnesty) and now that he's got to stand for re-election it's flip-flop time! I guess that's why the maverick isn't a maverick any more.

August 12 2010 at 7:35 PM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply

McCain and Kyl represent Arizona, I think they know what is best for their state and the people there, more than Chuck Schumer. The only immigration reform should be in the form of enacting the laws now. NO amnesty anymore, it doesn't work! If these people want to stay here, they go through the proper channels and get legal.

August 12 2010 at 6:50 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
3 replies to truthforfreedom's comment

OK, Republicans. Instead of whining, complaining and obstructing, how about ya'll actually propose a bill in Congress, or float an idea, or do something, anything constructive and forward thinking. I'm waiting, but I won't hold my breath.

August 12 2010 at 6:39 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply

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