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Senators Visit A More Secure Border

March 27, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Sens. John McCain (R-Arizona), Jeff Flake (R-Arizona), Charles Schumer (D-New York) and Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) will be visiting the Arizona border with Mexico to view security conditions as they continue to work on a broad immigration reform bill. The U.S. has met or surpassed most border security benchmarks the Senate developed during immigration reform debates in 2007, and the senators will find a border with increased Border Patrol staffing, better infrastructure and fewer people trying to cross. The following is a statement from Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum:

“Maintaining a secure border is an important part of immigration reform. The senators’ visit to the border serves as a reminder of how far we’ve come.

“We have made tremendous progress on border security, and it’s time to stop moving the goalposts. Our border will be stronger and even more secure once our immigration system is reformed.

"Commonsense immigration reform will improve every aspect of the immigration process, easing pressure on the border and streamlining border security. These bipartisan Senate leaders and their colleagues in Congress should come back from their recess ready to push reform across the finish line.”

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