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    See the Jeff Flake Flip Flop on Amnesty (Again) Here

    Well known amnesty advocate Jeff Flake, now Arizona's newly elected junior Senator, changed his tune on amnesty during the campaign to placate voters, to make it sound like he opposes amnesty. Now that he is safely in office, it sounds like he flip flopping back to his old pro-amnesty ways, and is mentioned as being in the so called bipartisan group discussing amnesty.



    Border Security

    One of the primary functions of the federal government is to provide national security, which includes border security. With a southern border so porous, and increasingly dangerous, the federal government continues to fail in this most basic function.
    In the past I have supported a broad approach to immigration reform – increased border security coupled with a temporary worker program. I no longer do. I’ve been down that road, and it is a dead end. The political realities in Washington are such that a comprehensive solution is not possible, or even desirable given the current leadership. Border security must be addressed before other reforms are tackled.

    Most importantly, the situation along the border has changed significantly. In years past, groups of illegal aliens crossing the southern border tied to drug or smuggling cartels were the exception to the rule. Today, such ties are the rule. The lawless situation in northern Mexico largely driven by drug cartels is fueling lawlessness north of the border. Such a situation calls for an exclusive focus on border security.

    Once we’ve secured the border we still face considerable immigration challenges, like the fact that nearly half of the illegal aliens residing in the United States didn’t sneak across the border – they came legally and have overstayed their visas. But we have to focus on border security first.

    Learn more about Jeff Flake’s stance on immigration from this recent op-ed: The Arizona Republic, Political will doesn’t exist for major migrant reform

    Please see below for a complete list of border-security measures that I have sponsored, co-sponsored, and voted for.

    Full link here:

    Jeff Flake for U.S. Senate |

    [Next post will outline his more recent comments.]

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    Here are some excerpted comments from Roll Call, January 21, 2013. Read these and decide for yourself whether he is ignoring what he said about amnesty just a few months ago:


    GOP Finds Little to Like in Obama's Inaugural Address

    Excerpts (toward end of article):

    Obama did receive some encouragement. Freshman Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who has been working with a bipartisan group on possible areas of agreement on immigration, said he had spoken briefly to the president in the Capitol.

    Flake said presidential leadership has been missing on the issue, and he welcomed the part of the speech where Obama promoted immigration reform.“If we can work jointly with the White House on this, it certainly saves time,” Flake said.

    The senator added that the president should do more to reach out to the GOP, both on and off the Hill.

    “He could invite us back to play basketball again at the White House. That would help, too,” Flake said.

    Full story here:

    GOP Finds Little to Like in Obama's Inaugural Address : Roll Call News

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    Flake specifically said in his Arizona Republic column posted on his website (see above) that immigration "fixes" will "have to wait until the border is secured."

    Well, per his own logic, he should agree that is way premature to be discussing "fixes," as he should read Senator Jeff Sessions very recent comments on this (that outlines how bad it is in Tucson, Arizona, Flake's home state):


    January 11, 2013
    Last edited by Motivated; 01-22-2013 at 12:02 AM.

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