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Immigration: Arizona's Rep. Jeff Flake shifts support from comprehensive reform

The Arizona Republic reported Wednesday that Rep. Jeff Flake, a longtime supporter of comprehensive immigration reform, is changing his position on the issue.

Flake is said to be revealing his new stance on his website, though it was not posted as of Wednesday evening. The Arizona paper, however, provided a preview quoting the Republican congressman as  saying the political realities in Washington "are such that a comprehensive solution is not possible or even desirable given the current leadership." He suggests border security should be the priority.

Flake's apparent change of heart coincides with a run for the Senate seat of retiring Sen. Jon Kyl.

The lawmaker should expect some tough questions from supporters of immigration reform, as well as from candidates vying for the same seat who may accuse him of flip-flopping on the issue. But his shift to enforcement first should also raise a red flag because it suggests that President Obama and the previous administration spent too little to protect the border.

Yet funding for border and internal enforcement is at an all-time high. Billions have been spent building walls and purchasing surveillance equipment. At the same time, funding for detention centers across the country also has increased exponentially.

Last year, California Watch reported that spending on immigration enforcement rose from $2 billion in 2002 to more than $20 billion in 2010. Similarly, the number of agents along the border increased from just over 3,555 in the early 1990s to more than 20,000 in 2009.

While immigration enforcement is key to protecting our borders, calls for more money ignore the reality of the problem.

Last year, a group of seven GOP senators asked federal officials how much it would cost to deport the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S. As Brian Bennett reported for The Times, federal officials put the price tag at upward of $80 billion.

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Edward

He wants to actually win, hopefully the people will see through this charade and vote someone in like Sheriff Joe.

AttilaNY

Even McCain flip-floped three times on this issue during the last for years.

trust no one

Flake's position on the economy as a whole should help catapult him to Kyl's seat. I'm surprised he's doing this, but then, he's a politician and probably understands the AZ body politic better than us left coasters.

Be that as it may, I wish him all the success. He's one of the few stand up guys left.

trust no one

Flake's position on the economy as a whole should help catapult him to Kyl's seat. I'm surprised he's doing this, but then, he's a politician and probably understands the AZ body politic better than us left coasters.

Be that as it may, I wish him all the success. He's one of the few stand up guys left.

trust no one

Flake's position on the economy as a whole should help catapult him to Kyl's seat. I'm surprised he's doing this, but then, he's a politician and probably understands the AZ body politic better than us left coasters.

Be that as it may, I wish him all the success. He's one of the few stand up guys left.

BLUEWATER

This is so interesting and the cost is too since I did not
see the revenue that Border Patrol and Drug Enforcement
gets from Drug Busts which ranges into the BILLIONS
It far out pays for all the other stuff and yes we do need to
deport but while we are at it we sure to get our share of
COCAINE HEROIN METH MARIJUANA and the confiscated
CARS HOMES and MONEY and PROPERTY which has
another price tag all its own it is one of the most lucrative
businesses in the UNITED STATES RIGHT NOW
and ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION and SECURITY BUSINESSES
are FLOURISHING all across AMERICA the SALES of TALL
FENCES and SECURITY CAMERAS and PRIVATE SECURITY
GUARDS and anything connected to SECURITY is a top knotch
BUSINESS and GROWING everyday not including the BULLET
PROOF VEHICLES they make for the MILLIONAIRE CLIENTS
and BILLIONAIRE CLIENTS as well and dont forget the other
businesses that are also making millions from enforcement of
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION so try as you might this business isnt
going anywhere right now Im afraid in AMERICA it will be BUSINESS
as usual...excuse me while I go see what my dog is BARKING AT!!!
ADIOS AMIGOS!!!

c moon

80B dollars is cheaper then the amount we are coughing up every year to subsidies the illegals for their health, education , food stamps, welfare, criminal incarcerations etcs. Once they are removed the annual cost of subsidizing these illegals will disappear so it is worth the cost. Also congress should pass the law that these illegals do not have the right to suit the federal government to stay in this country which will increase our cost and we do not need all these detention centers for we will be shipping them out quickly.

sdf34

80 billion for a mass deportation. According to the groups FAIR, NumbersUsa, KKK and other "credible" groups, they cost America trillions of zillions anyway - if not more. And there are 30 million of them, not 11, according to those 'scholary' groups.

They're all linked. The hardcore white supremacists wouldn't mind seeing a genocide if it was the only way to eliminate them. Russle Pearce, a Republican in racistzona wanted to call ICE on undocumented ER patients and schoolkids. Their utter disregard for inhumane consequenses are what bonds them. They could care less about the ill, be it the deadly ill, or the youngest amongs young. Their almost sociopathic lack of empathy is the same across.
Look at the many utterly evil comments under this topic as well. They see headlines about murders, earthquakes, but say nothing. Then they see 'immigration', and all their morbid innards are let out uninhibitedely. They quiet litterally hate "anchor babies" more than say, Joseph E. Duncan III. Looks play a central role to their reactions, way before actions or merits.

sdf34

80 billion for a mass deportation. According to the groups FAIR, NumbersUsa, KKK and other "credible" groups, they cost America trillions of zillions anyway - if not more. And there are 30 million of them, not 11, according to those 'scholary' groups.

They're all linked. The hardcore white supremacists wouldn't mind seeing a genocide if it was the only way to eliminate them. Russle Pearce, a Republican in racistzona wanted to call ICE on undocumented ER patients and schoolkids. Their utter disregard for inhumane consequenses are what bonds them. They could care less about the ill, be it the deadly ill, or the youngest amongs young. Their almost sociopathic lack of empathy is the same across.
Look at the many utterly evil comments under this topic as well. They see headlines about murders, earthquakes, but say nothing. Then they see 'immigration', and all their morbid innards are let out uninhibitedely. They quiet litterally hate "anchor babies" more than say, Joseph E. Duncan III. Looks play a central role to their reactions, way before actions or merits.

Ali

Last year, a group of seven GOP senators asked federal officials how much it would cost to deport the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S. As Brian Bennett reported for The Times, federal officials put the price tag at upward of $80 billion.
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Do you realize that Mexicans living in this country send more than $20 BILLION back to Mexico annually? How do they do that? In part, but not paying taxes and using services that are subsidized by the taxpayers, including "free" healthcare and education. Deporting illegal aliens would more than pay for itself in 5 years. By the way, why doesn't the Times report on how much the mandatory use of eVerify would cost? THAT is helping to dry up jobs, as are ICE audits. No need for mass deportations.

California Girl

The illegal aliens need to go home. We cannot afford them. They broke the law to come here and they continue to break it while living here. Anyone who wants to dream up conspiracy theories about NumbersUSA, the KKK or anything else must be from another planet. Or more likely another country. Maybe they should go home.

California Girl

The illegal aliens need to go home. We cannot afford them. They broke the law to come here and they continue to break it while living here. Anyone who wants to dream up conspiracy theories about NumbersUSA, the KKK or anything else must be from another planet. Or more likely another country. Maybe they should go home.

California Girl

The illegal aliens need to go home. We cannot afford them. They broke the law to come here and they continue to break it while living here. Anyone who wants to dream up conspiracy theories about NumbersUSA, the KKK or anything else must be from another planet. Or more likely another country. Maybe they should go home.

chakotay2

We can deport the illegal alien invaders much more cheaply than $80B by making life here as impossible for them as we can. Mandate the use of E-verify by all employers. Go back to workplace raids, and round up and deport all illegals and their families, including their anchor babies. Eliminate the loophole that allows illegal aliens to steal US citizenship for their kids. No more anchor babies. The whole family goes home together. No work, no welfare for the anchor babies, and the illegals will eventually go home.

All illegal aliens break the law to come here and continue to break it every day, just to stay here. They soak up resources for their families that belong to real Americans. They pay few, if any, taxes and send $20B back to Mexico every year. They usually don't bother to learn English. These are people the US will be better off without! At the same time, we can open up millions of jobs in construction, retail, restaurant and janitorial work, etc., for unemployed Americans. The only "reform" we need is to enforce the law without exception!

Haddit

I agree with Ali, mandatory E-Verify.
We import poor and illiterate people and then pay them to have children that drop out of school, continuing the dependency on government subsidies.
Then we have two standards of law. Illegals don’t have to worry about the IRS, they get a ticket for driving issued to an arbitrary name, they don’t have to pay taxes or business licenses. Their businesses don’t have to pay taxes on their employees or health insurance.
And then they raise taxes on Americans and cut social services to Americans.

AZguy

Politicians score card:
1. flip-flopping - checked
2. lying publicly with poker face - checked

Cheese_Wonton

You can put up all the walls and fences you want, have a fleet of drones orbiting 24/7 and give the Border Patrol shoot to kill orders and nothing will change much until it hurts businesses dearly to hire illegal aliens. When managers and business owners face a credible likelihood of serving hard time for hiring illegal aliens, then the situation will change.
By the way, most of the loudest complainers of how much illegal aliens supposedly "take" from this country have absolutely no idea of the working conditions, wages and general abuse these people absorb. The real beneficiaries, the people who are robbing our nation aren't the illegal aliens but their employers.
The illegal aliens I have worked with when I was a lowly harbor truck driver face 14 and 15 hour work days, low pay, and despite all the crying here essentially no access to public benefits, fearing they will be identified as illegals and deported. They rely on each other for support, bringing north the same selfe defense mechanisms they used to survive the abusive governments they fled. Most of them just want to raise a family and live a decent life. I'm not excusing them being here for a second, but they know they got here because their employers had no respect for our nations laws. Why should they? We are hypocrites to put all of the blame on them.

Joe

The price of NOT deporting them is incalculable.

bill

Spend the 80 Billion , it will save us Billions in the long run ! DEPORT them all ! End the Birthright Sweepstakes !!! Dump any and all politicians who support these criminials !!!!

Willie

It is politically fatal for a Republican to be caught in bed with a dead girl, a live boy, or any kind of Mexican.

teacherinLA

and yet not one word about businesses and individuals that hire illegal immigrants, not one word about mandatory e-verify or somehow auditing people who have "maids" and "gardeners". Hypocritical B.S.!

maandrews

Unless Illegal Immigration Anarchy is stopped at the U.S. border the USA will soon be Mexico!
Many U.S. sanctuary cities are Mexico already,and their populations are growing , younger,poorer and less and less educated.............. illegally!

For facts numbersusa.com

Willie

We already have a Republican Senator from Idaho named "Crapo". Now you tell me that a Republican named "Flake" wants to be a Senator from Arizona?

yrusomean

No wonder the LA Times is going down the tubes. Based on the majority of these comments, its readers seem to be a very ignorant and xenophobic crowd. I'll stick to the New York Times, a publication read by people with educations and some semblance of humanity.

JPMullowney

I think we are past deporting people, time to find a workable solution for the people already here, besides locking them up

FutureView

Jeff Flake's position changed when the Federal Government gave up trying to control illegal immigration. All the ICE activities are really focused at guns and drugs. Read the law suit against SB1070. The DOJ states that the Obama administration retains the right to NOT enforce immigration laws as part of it's right to dictate national policy.

Coming to your neighborhood soon:

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b

A much cheaper way is to have a national biometric i.d.. Then severely fine those who hire undocumented. Once they get the message that there is no money here,they will stop coming.

Then build a physical wall along the border. It would be a great public works job and job training project.

Brewer4Prez

We don't need flaky politicians on the major subject of illegal immigration, time to enforce and deport these illegals who cost us billions and turn our cities into Tijuanas

laffnmyazzoff

at least he's up front with his hypocrisy

4th generation native of CA

Whatever we are spending on border enforcement is a pittance compared to the costs of all the various government programs (including education ) that illegals use. The other huge cost is the further degradation of the environment by having millions more people in California. I find it fascinating that the same folks who loudly champion environmental causes fall silent when this point is made.

Brittanicus

America has a new version of the E-Verify system that should be officially mandated by the federal government, so all businesses must conform or face harsh penalties. Currently Prison terms are not high on the list for employers, who knowingly hire discount labor. Painful fines should also be approved, with confiscation of business assets and property involved in the criminal enterprise. Around this nation an estimated 8.5 million jobs has been stolen during the illegal alien invasion, with over ten million in a legitimate labor force still hunting for jobs. This is not a satisfactory circumstance for the TEA PARTY leadership, whom are building their ranks of pro-sovereignty people. Americans are furious and frustrated with business as usual. E-Verify is voluntary currently owing to the blocked vote of Democrat, pro-illegal immigrant Harry Reid. It was diverted by him in the Senate from being permanently installed as an enforcement tool. THE DEPT OF JUSTICE USED THE GREAT STATE OF ARIZONA AS AN ILLEGAL ALIEN CAUSE, BECAUSE THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HIS HEAVILY INFILTRATED WITH LEFTIST DOCTRINES.


AMERICA IS BEING DEPLETED OF OVER BILLIONS OF DOLLAR ANNUALLY BY ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION OCCUPATION. THEY ARE ARRIVING NOT ONLY IN ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA OR JUST BORDER STATES, BUT ALL STATES EAST.


Lobbyists for big business have been detrimental for generations, pushing their ideas, philosophies with large campaign contribution. Undisclosed cash and gifts hidden from public viewing and no policing, has brought portentous advantage in Washington and State Congressional offices. Like so many other Unions, the SEIU has unknown numbers of illegal alien labor in their membership, to abundantly add to their shrinking numbers. Many protests that we see today for illegal immigrant rights are mobilized by trade union influence. Only new converts like Arizona Representative Jeff Flake who has joined the ranks of pro-sovereignty activists, is already being demonized for his change of political tactics on illegal immigration. He has obviously seen that we cannot subsidize the forever snowballing effect of public welfare costs and the inability of this country to sustain a growing population, depletion of energy, water and spreading trend of farm land for development.

E-Verify has been successfully overhauled and now has grown in popularity with hundreds of thousands of honest companies in every State implementing its resources. However, this is not so in the Sanctuary States of Nevada, California, New Jersey and Texas. California, with Nevada is heavily in debt, credited to the Liberal influences in its legislative politicians enacting laws in Sacramento and Virginia City. California, Nevada have one of the largest illegal populations in the country, where foreigners are draining the welfare, workers compensation, unemployment benefits and other public services. Many of these people are using fake ID, as countless numbers do for years, undermining many regular Americans credit history and personal information. Other States are just becoming more aware of the grave situation, caused by the economic aliens crossing our--ALL--borders or flying in from foreign countries.

Until a politician becomes a victim of stolen ID or fraudulent documentation nothing will be accomplished in Washington. No legitimate person’s papers will be safe as even new born babies, military abroad or even a deceased Social Security number is prey. Many are here to cheat the system so taxpayers are forced by federal law to fund their family’s education and free health care. Secure Communities and policing law as 287(G) are further innovations to apprehend foreign nationals who have settled here. Death tolls are rising at the hands of illegal immigrants, as many arrive here with mayhem in mind. Dragged from the sewers of foreign ghettos, they come to pilfer the people’s wealth, either by legal means or through criminal activity. Removing illegal immigrants from this nation will go a long way to reducing Federal, State and County deficits.

In Europe regular police departments are not restricted, by Liberal prohibitions with such ill-conceived agenda's as "Political Correctness" having every right to check an individual’s immigration status, whether they are driving or a pedestrian. In Germany, France of even Britain you had better have your passport on your person or other government ID, when it’s requested by the authorities today.

Those of us who are tired of the money influences and power of corporate and business entities, the church, special interest groups, and radical groups, should become a member of the rising sway of the TEA PARTY. I personally have had it, with my taxes being taken to pay for foreign invaders support. Many of who are only interested in taking our money, refuse to learn the language or assimilate, dissimilar to the early immigrants passing through Ellis Island. They came here with nothing and didn't take advantage of taxpayers as back then their was no education, health care or anything else for new arrivals. Just prison! Tea Party is apposed to any form of Amnesty, which includes so-called Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Rescind the birthright citizenship law, except where one parent is a citizen, Any form of Dream Act or Sanctuary City policies (STEALTH AMNESTIES), until the border fence is sealed tight and controlled by at least 5.000 military presence. America will always be susceptible talented workers of the highest spectrum, but not the beleaguered uneducated and hoping to reach this country, to take advantage of its gainful welfare programs.

steve

When did we lose our common sense? Our Government, has allowed the invasion of 30 million criminals in direct violation of Article IV, Section IV of our Constitution. they force American tax payers to pay Billions to provide Welfare, Prison cells, Educate the invaders children, free medical care,massive document fraud, & are destroying our schools, hospitals, communities, culture while Robbing, Raping, Killing & Assaulting American Citizens WAKE UP PEOPLE!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9IGKRzdzZ8&feature=player_embedded
.youtube.com/watch?v=tsH8xvjTAlo
.youtube.com/watch?v=Btj6IeOFkis&feature=player_embedded
.immigrationcounters.com/
.ojjpac.org/memorial.asp
.immigrationshumancost.org/
.newswithviews.com/Wooldridge/frosty580.htm
.youtube.com/watch?v=muw22wTePqQ
http://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/SLB/HTML/SLB/0-0-0-1/0-0-0-29/0-0-0-8501.html#0-0-0-324
.gopetition.com/petition/40860.html
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/07/02/immigration-costs-fair-amnesty-educations-costs-reform/
http://www.rense.com/general81/dtli.htm
http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=41045
http://www.cairco.org/econ/econ.html
http://www.diggersrealm.com/mt/archives/003335.html
Every Non-representative including obama and holder should be IMPEACHED! for not upholding the oath of office they swore to defend the Constitution! If these clowns were to do their job, this would all be a Moot point!
Anchors and their criminal parents go, period, and cut the phony tears, you knew you were breaking the law when you crossed the border.

Next shut down any business hiring illegal labor . Oh and owners go to jail.
Got a better idea? Lets hear it!

hacim obmed

The only way to really stop illegals coming here is to arrest the people who employ them. First offence a big fine. Second offence a larger fine, hard jail time and the loss of the right to run a business ever again. To catch and convict these employers is very easy. Just offer a cash reward to any illegal worker who is willing to testify that they were hired without a proper background checks. Any bozo who claims that building fences is the solution is just playing you for a sucker.

We also need to make life very difficult for anyone who has no papers. This in combination with the employer sanctions will work but it is not sufficient alone. Require an e-verify check before handing out drivers licenses, and for anyone who opens a bank account or gets a bank loan. Require a valid visas or resident ID before selling bus or train tickets. Require a check on children registering in schools. One could go on and on. If they can make money the Illegals will leave the same way they came. They are not here because they love america.

There can be NO Amnesty ever for people who enter the country illegally. It is impossible under any circumstances. Once you give amnesty for one such person then where do you stop?? There are 11 million in the country and more arriving daily. You have to treat people equally so if X gets amnesty then why not Y? There is no end and no limit and no mechanism for enforcing such limits. Once you start an amnesty program then why should anyone bother with waiting for a legal visa? Why not just come illegally, work for a while and then just apply for amnesty after a few years. Once we go down the path of amnesty we will have do controls left and we will be flooded with illegals from everywhere.


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