President Obama visited El Paso, Texas today to speak about immigration laws and the path he would like to go towards with the country. There are no plans for the President to introduce any new legislation regarding immigration. The president has argued that a bipartisan effort is required to make any real changes with current immigration laws.
The President addressed some of the concerns that Republicans have had about border security. President Obama mentioned continued aerial surveillance, an increase in border patrol agents as well as further deportations of those deemed as illegal immigrants. The president pinned the slow movement to action on the Republicans making light of Republican concerns by saying, “They said we need to triple the border patrol. Or now they’ll say we need to quadruple the border patrol. Or they’ll want a higher fence. Maybe they’ll need a moat. Maybe they want alligators in the moat! They’ll never be satisfied, and I understand that. That’s politics. But the truth is the measures we’ve put in place are getting results.”
Many have found that the same fervor, despite similar party line issues, has not being applied to immigration issues as it was for the health care reform issue.