‘We’ve Got to Stem the Tide’: AZ Sen. Flake on Immigration Crisis
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) took the Center Seat on “Special Report” this evening to discuss the illegal immigration crisis.
“First and foremost, we’ve got to stem the tide of them coming still, and the best thing the president can do is to treat kids from Central America like we treat kids from Mexico and Canada.”
Flake cautioned that children will keep coming north until plane loads of kids are sent home.
The Arizona senator also discussed the president’s request for $3.7 billion to deal with the crisis. Flake said the bulk of the money will go to the Department of Health and Human Services, which doesn’t do anything on the border. Its role is to settle the children that come across the border illegally.
Flake said that approach sends the message that the current situation will continue into the future and said the money should instead be used for border activities and to process legal cases faster.
According to Flake, Border Patrol interviewed 250 border crossers in a two-week period and found that 95 percent believed that when they got to the U.S., they would have some sort of legal status.
Flake said he is still in favor of comprehensive immigration reform, but there’s not a chance of legislation passing during this crisis.
The senator also responded to Sarah Palin's op-ed that called for Obama's impeachment.
"I would not vote for articles of impeachment," he said."I think that what we need to do is take control of the Senate and then go back to regular order."
Watch part one above. Watch part two below.